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AISP and PISP

The EU’s revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) was implemented into UK law in January 2018. Since then firms operating as account information service providers (AISPs) and payment initiation service providers (PISPs) have been regulated by the FCA.

The payments industry was recognised as a sector in its own right long before the concept of fintech took off. But new technology has dramatically reshaped the payments sector in recent years. AISP and PISP firms are a case in point.

AISPs provide an online service that allows customers to access information on payment accounts they hold with one or more account servicing payment service providers (ASPSPs). Typically these would be credit institutions. AISP services often take the form of an app that helps users manage their finances in one way or another.

In the case of PISPs, customers consent to the provider initiating payments on their behalf. This enables PISP customers to pay for goods and services without the need for a traditional payment card. This is particularly useful for online purchases.

AISPs and PISPs operate on broadly similar platforms. Both rely on customers providing their explicit consent for the provider to access their payment accounts.

How we can help

We have the experience and expertise to provide effective support to AISP and PISP businesses throughout the FCA registration process. We also provide auditing services, helping AISP and PISP firms meet their requirements under PSD2.

Other services we offer firms in the AISP and PISP sector include:

    • Assistance with handling complaints
    • Advice on conduct of business to meet regulatory requirements
    • Face-to-face training and competency sessions
    • Modular online training.

For more information about our services, call 0207 436 0630 to speak to a member of our expert team or email info@thistleinitiatives.co.uk.


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