This new scheme – officially launched in November 2017 – enables euro credit transfers with the funds made available on the account in less than ten seconds at any time and in an area that will progressively span over 34 European countries. All payment service providers () are invited to adhere to the scheme as soon as possible. The technical information for implementing the scheme is available on this page.
The Instant Credit Transfer ( Inst) rulebook in effect until 17 November 2019 is the 2017 Credit Transfer Inst rulebook version 1.2.
The Implementation Guidelines for the version 1.2 are based on ISO 20022.
Annex IV of the 2017 Inst rulebook version 1.2 lists all changes compared to versions 1.0 and 1.1. No changes impacting the business and operational rules or the related implementation guidelines were made in this version.
The first change is the updated definition of the rulebook term ‘Major Incidents’. This definition change constitutes a regulatory change. The updated definition of this term now refers to the Eurosystem major incident reporting framework for payment schemes and retail payment systems entering into force on 01 January 2019. The new definition also points to the document 190-18 ‘Details about major incident reporting for scheme participants’.
This document outlines the detailed assessment criteria for each scheme participant to determine whether an operational or information security incident fits the criteria of a major incident and needs to be reported to the or not. The document 190-18 is not publicly available. The shares this document directly with all existing and future scheme participants.
Furthermore, this rulebook version also includes the updated version 4.2 of the Scheme Management Internal Rules (SMIRs) which are an integral part of each scheme rulebook. The updated SMIRs include a new section 184.108.40.206 on voting by written procedure by the Scheme Management Board (SMB) and several rewordings in the section 220.127.116.11 on the National Adherence Support Organisation.
The new SMIRs also contain a new section 18.104.22.168 covering the dialogue between the and its Overseer, and a new section 4.5 describing the process for making changes to the Risk Management Annexes. These SMIRs no longer make any reference to the Certification Authority Supervisory Board (CASB) set up for the e-Mandate option under the Direct Debit scheme rulebooks. The SMB decided to disband the CASB as of 1 January 2019.
The 2019 Inst rulebook version 1.0 enters into force on 17 November 2019 at 08:00 CET and is applicable until November 2021.
The Implementation Guidelines are based on ISO 20022.
The 2019 rulebook contains a clarification about which scheme participants must comply with the mandatory Customer-to-Bank (C2B) of the rulebook.
The C2B also include usage rules on how a Beneficiary can make a ‘Repayment’ to transfer back funds to the Originator when the Beneficiary has not received the IBAN of the payment account of the Originator in the original Inst transaction.
A Inst transaction containing an IBAN but not the related BIC, can be transmitted by the Originator to the Originator Bank, even if one of the two Inst scheme participants covered by that transaction is based in a non- country.
The 2019 rulebook foresees a third rulebook option for scheme participants if they wish to agree on a shorter hard time-out deadline among themselves. Several changes have also been made to the procedures for Recall and for Request for Recall by the Originator.
Clarifications in Inst rulebook on the concrete point in time where an Inst instruction turns into an Inst transaction, and that the current maximum amount applies to both Inst instructions and Inst transactions have been added.
Annex IV of the 2019 Inst rulebook contains a table listing all changes made compared to the 2017 Inst rulebook version 1.2.