Access to the UK's payment systems is vital for organisations providing the payment services their customers need. To help meet this need, and in collaboration with the UK's primary payment schemes, a website was created to serve as an online focal point for any organisation that needs to access payment systems.
The Access to Payment Systems website is designed to improve the disclosure and transparency of information for participants in payment systems, enabling greater visibility and access to information across payment systems. It presents links to individual payment schemes and helps Payment Service Providers to make comparisons across both direct and indirect access offerings, and between different sponsor banks.
The Access to Payment Systems website also hosts the Code of Conduct for Indirect Access Providers.
This voluntary Code of Conduct has been developed in response to the findings of the Payment Systems Regulator’s consultation paper CP14, “A New Regulatory Framework for Payment Systems in the UK”. The findings were published in March 2015 in the form of the PSR’s policy statement PS15/1 and its annexes, which recommended the development of a Code of Conduct to increase confidence in the supply of Indirect Access and lead to improved outcomes for service users.
Responses to this Consultation will be collated by the Code Administrator and shared with the PSR so it can consider responses alongside its market review into indirect access.
For further information on the Consultation and to share your views on the Code, please visit the Consultation page.