The information in these pages is aimed at:
- businesses that are currently regulated payment service providers
- businesses that operate under existing exclusions from the PSRs 2009
- businesses that provide payment services that are coming within the scope of regulation for the first time – i.e. those providing account information services (AIS) or payment initiation services (PIS)
Please note the information in these pages is not aimed at the Post Office Limited, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the national central banks of other European Economic Area (EEA) States, government departments and local authorities.
If you are currently regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide payment services, please click on the option which describes your business:
- Bank or building society
- Authorised payment institution (authorised PI)
- Authorised electronic money institution (authorised EMI)
- Small payment institution (small PI)
- Small electronic money institution (small EMI)
If you are unsure whether your business would be classed as an authorised PI, authorised EMI, small PI or small EMI, please search for your business on the Financial Services Register and look for your ‘status’. This status will tell you the classification of your business. If you think you might instead be classed as a bank or building society but are unsure please refer to the Bank of England list of banks and building societies – note that this list is intended to be used solely as a guide.
Please look at the Perimeter Guidance manual (PERG)* and our Approach Document to find out whether the exclusion continues to apply to you. PERG 3 and PERG 15 are amended by the Payment Services Instrument 2017 and you can see the revised PERG on our Handbook website by setting the date to 13 January 2018.
If some or all of your activities currently fall within an exclusion set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the PSRs 2009, please click on one of the following options:
- Limited network exclusion (LNE)
- Electronic communications exclusion (ECE)
- Commercial agent exclusion (CAE)
- Other exclusion
Please note that businesses relying on an exclusion in respect of certain activities may nevertheless be required to be regulated by us (or notify us) in respect of other payment services carried out by them which do not fall under that exclusion.
Unregulated businesses that intend to offer regulated payment services
If you are currently not regulated by the FCA under the PSRs 2009 or the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (EMRs 2011)** and you intend to provide payment services in the future, please click on one of the following options which describe the payment service(s) you intend to carry out:
- Account information service (AIS) only
- Account information service (AIS) and payment initiation service (PIS)
- AIS and/or PIS combined with other payment or e-money services
- Other payment services not including AIS and PIS
If you are unsure whether you may be providing payment services, you can find guidance in our Handbook in PERG* (PERG 3 and PERG 15 are amended by the Payment Services Instrument 2017 and you can see the revised PERG on our Handbook website by setting the date to 13 January 2018).
*References to Supervision Manual (SUP), Dispute Resolution (DISP), Banking Conduct of Business (BCOBS), Systems and Control Manual (SYSC) and Perimeter Guidance manual (PERG) are to these parts of the Handbook as amended by the Payment Services Instrument 2017.
**Schedule 8 of the PSRs 2017 makes amendments to the EMRs 2011 which are not, at the date of publication, reflected on www.legislation.gov.uk. The EMRs 2011 should therefore be read alongside Schedule 8 of the PSRs 2017.
This navigator is not a substitute for reading the PSRs 2017 and our accompanying guidance. If there is any inconsistency between this navigator and the PSRs 2017, the FCA Handbook or the Approach Document, those documents take precedence.