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SEPA Direct Debit Core public consultation

The    payment schemes are updated every two years to reflect market needs and the evolution of technical standards.

Current public consultation

Anyone interested in the evolution of the Direct Debit Core ( ) scheme had the opportunity to participate in the public consultation on the 2020  change requests from 12 March to 9 June 2020.

The SDD Core Rulebook 2020 Change Request Public Consultation Document provides more details about how each stakeholder was able to take part in this public consultation.

Read more about the evolution of the EPC SEPA payment schemes  

Previous public consultation

A scheme rulebook change management cycle had been organised throughout 2018 and ended with the publication of the 2019 and  rulebooks on 22 November 2018. 

In line with its commitment to transparency, the  published all comments received during the public consultation, as well as the position of the stakeholder forums on these comments. 

Read more about the comments received during the 2018 public consultation 
Read more about the positions of the EPC stakeholder forums 


Next scheme rulebook change management cycle

The next scheme rulebook change management cycle will exceptionally take place from the second half of 2021 until May 2022 included. Stakeholders are invited to submit change requests to the and rulebooks by 30 June 2021 instead of 31 December 2021 as previously communicated, by completing a dedicated template

The reason to bring forward this deadline by six months is that all 2023 payment scheme rulebooks will be published in May 2022 instead of November 2022. In September 2020, the decided to migrate all its payment schemes to the 2019 version of the ISO 20022 message standard by 19 November 2023 i.e. the entry-into-force date of the 2023 payment scheme rulebooks.

Given the magnitude of such ISO 20022 version migration for the payment scheme participants in particular, all actors will have 18 months instead of the standard 12 months to do such message version changes together with any changes deriving from the change management cycle.