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SEPA Direct Debit Core rulebook and implementation guidelines

SEPA Direct Debit Core rulebook

The Direct Debit ( ) Core scheme is used by thousands of payment service providers ( ) who offer individual consumers and businesses the convenience and security of euro direct debits in Europe. This page provides the information need in order to implement the scheme.

SDD Core rulebook currently in effect

The rulebook currently in effect up to and including 18 November 2023 is the 2021   rulebook version 1.0.

Read more about the 2021 SDD Core rulebook version 1.0  

The Implementation Guidelines are based on the 2009 version of ISO 20022.

Read more about the 2021 SDD Core scheme Customer-to-PSP IGs version 1.0

Read more about the 2021 SDD Core scheme Inter-PSP IGs version 1.0

Read more about the 2021 SDD Core scheme e-Mandate service IGs version 1.0 

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Main changes introduced in the 2021 SDD Core rulebook
  • The replacement of the EONIA rate references into references to the euro short-term rate (€STR).
  • The removal of the current rulebook references to the e-Mandate operating model.
  • The replacement of the term ‘Bank’ with ‘ ’ and an updated definition of the term ‘Customer’.

Annex IV of the 2021 rulebook version 1.0 lists all changes compared to the version 1.2 of the 2019 rulebook.