Find out more about account information services (AIS) and payment initiation services (PIS) combined with other payment or e-money services. This information was last updated in 2017.
Under PSD2 an ‘account information service’ is an online service which provides consolidated information on payment accounts held by a payment service user with payment service providers. These services already exist in the UK, however, PSD2 will bring them within the scope of regulation. This will ensure that account information service providers (AISPs) can receive access to payment accounts, whilst also placing requirements on them to ensure security for users.
Under PSD2, a ‘payment initiation service’ is an online service which accesses a user’s payment account to initiate the transfer of funds on their behalf with the user’s consent and authentication. Payment initiation services provide an alternative to paying online using a credit card or debit card. These services are not widely used for online payments in the UK, but are used in other European countries. The new rules will bring payment initiation services within the scope of regulation. This will ensure that payment initiation service providers (PISPs) receive access to payment accounts, whilst also placing requirements on them to ensure security for users.
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- You will need to be authorised either as an authorised payment institution (authorised PI) or an authorised electronic money institution (authorised EMI). You can find further information on our Authorisation pages.
- If you intend to offer any other payment or e-money services (or in combination with AIS or PIS) please familiarise yourself with the PSRs 2017 and guidance in our Approach Document.