On 25 November 2014, the European Payments Council ( ) published updated versions of the Credit Transfer ( ) and Direct Debit ( ) Rulebooks. The Rulebook version 8.0, Core Rulebook version 8.0 and Business to Business (B2B) Rulebook version 6.0 and associated implementation guidelines (see ‘related links’ below) will take effect on 22 November 2015. In accordance with industry best practice, payment service providers ( ) and their suppliers have a one-year lead time to address rulebook updates prior to them taking effect.
Annex III, respectively, of the Rulebook version 8.0, Core Rulebook version 8.0 and B2B Rulebook version 6.0 lists all changes compared to the previous versions of the rulebooks (i.e. the versions currently in effect).
The develops the Single Euro Payments Area ( ) payment schemes, based on global technical standards made available by international standards bodies, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in close dialogue with all stakeholders. The payment schemes, as defined in the and Rulebooks, contain sets of rules and standards for the execution of payment transactions that have to be followed by scheme participants, i.e. that have formally adhered to the schemes. These rulebooks can be regarded as instruction manuals which provide a common understanding on how to move funds between payment accounts within . The , (which is not part of the European Union ( ) institutional framework), carries out the scheme management function subject to legal and regulatory conditions defined by the authorities.
Since the launch of the Scheme in 2008 and the Schemes in 2009, the has generally published updated versions of the rulebooks and associated implementation guidelines once annually in November to take effect in November of the next year. The and Schemes evolve based on a transparent change management process adhered to by the . This evolution reflects changes in market needs and updates of technical standards.
The scheme change management process provides all stakeholders with the opportunity to participate, i.e. to introduce suggestions for changes to the schemes, from an early stage. All interested parties were invited to submit suggestions for changes to be incorporated into the updated versions of the and Rulebooks by 28 February 2014. All suggestions for changes to the rulebooks that were received by that date were consolidated into a single change request document per rulebook (the Rulebook, the Core Rulebook and the B2B Rulebook). As with previous scheme change cycles, all proposed changes to the schemes were released with the change request documents for a three-month public consultation (this time between May and August 2014).
Proposed changes to the schemes that find broad acceptance in the entire stakeholder community and are technically and legally feasible are taken forward. Proposed changes that lack such broad support are not – regardless of whether such a change is proposed by a or by a user representative. This ensures that the and Schemes evolve in line with the requirements of the majority of all market participants.
Based on the feedback received during the 2014 public consultation, the resolved to include changes related to the Core Scheme standard time cycle and the use of sequence types in both Schemes in a further iteration of the Rulebooks, i.e. the Core Rulebook version 9.0 and B2B Rulebook version 7.0. To give stakeholders ample time to implement the main changes related to the standard time cycle and use of sequence types, the Core Rulebook version 9.0 and B2B Rulebook version 7.0 will be published together with the associated implementation guidelines in January 2015 to take effect in November 2016.
Given that the Core Rulebook version 9.0 and B2B Rulebook version 7.0 will be published by January 2015, the resolved that there will be no further scheme change cycle in 2015. The Rulebook version 8.0 published in November 2014 will therefore remain effective until November 2017. For details on the scheme change management process including next steps, refer to the Website page entitled ‘ / Rulebook Release Management and Scheme Development’ (see ‘related links’ below).
The is committed to ensuring that the and Schemes continue to evolve in response to market needs. The , therefore, greatly appreciates the contributions from all stakeholders participating in the scheme change management process. The modifications incorporated into the next generations and Rulebooks reflect the feedback received during the 2014 public consultation. The reports detailing the feedback received to the 2014 public consultation are available on these Website pages: ‘ Consultations’ and ‘ Consultations’ (see ‘related links’ below).
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