Payments UK monitors and is involved in a number of important European payments developments, which could have significant implications for the UK market. Crucially, that includes our work with the European Payments Council to ensure that UK customers’ needs are taken into account as the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) and the SEPA Schemes that work to harmonise euro electronic payments continue to evolve.

We believe a co-ordinated approach to the UK’s involvement in SEPA developments is the most effective way to make our collective voice heard. We provide a forum for Payments UK full members to discuss proposals, liaising with other stakeholders and supporting any collaborative actions that arise. We also represent the UK on the European Commission’s EU Forum of National SEPA Coordination Committees. 

At the same time, Payments UK acts as the UK’s National Adherence Support Organisation (NASO). Our role is to assist UK-based payment service providers seeking to adhere to the SEPA Credit Transfer Scheme and the SEPA Direct Debit Schemes.

Three primary pieces of European legislation were put in place to facilitate the development of SEPA:

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Find out more about this key piece of European payments legislation. 

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Find out more about the rules around euro payments between accounts in different European countries.

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Here you can find details of the European legislation setting the technical requirements for euro credit transfers and direct debits.

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Find out about the SEPA credit transfer and direct debit schemes.

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Payments UK is the UK’s National Adherence Support Organisation (NASO).

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Visit our FAQs if you have a question about SEPA.