UK Not Ready for SCA, finds EPA report
London, United Kingdom - The Emerging Payments Association (EPA) has published a report on Issuer Declines and the impact of Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) on the payments experience which found that 75% of issuers said they would be ready by the 14th September deadline, from a compliance standpoint, but that they would not be operationally ready. The report also highlights that issuers will likely not be able to support the full range of exemptions and 3DS v2.2 until late 2019 at the earliest.
The report, produced through the EPA’s Project Transaction Insights and supported by its Benefactor Chargebacks911, details the impact of SCA strategies on the experience of payments users. It also explores what this means for merchants with the compliance deadline now only a few weeks away, as well as how UK card issuers intend to implement SCA, which methods they will be using, and the likely impact on both merchants and cardholders.
The EPA interviewed organisations who issue over 107 million cards (comprising 61% of all cards issued in the UK), and in the white paper set out a series of 10 recommendations for merchants and acquirers that, if adopted, will reduce the business impact and amount of disruption to the payment experience.
Tony Craddock, Director General of the EPA, commented, “Instinctively, everyone sensed SCA was going to cause major issues. This research confirms exactly that. But it’s not too late to do something about it, and by following the recommendations in this paper, we can minimise the detrimental impact of SCA on consumers, retailers, PayTech and UK plc.”
Not only are businesses not ready, they are concerned about the impact on user experience. The whitepaper highlights that 74% of issuers expect SCA to lead initially to a decline in user experience and 58% said that too much friction is being applied. The research findings also predict that between 30 and 50% of eCommerce transactions will in future face a step-up authentication request, up from the current 2% level and that issuers expect in the short term to decline between 25-30% of transactions unless a managed roadmap is agreed. The report also looks at chargeback disputes, growth rates, trends and the impact of new scheme dispute management programmes.
In its recommendations for merchants and acquirers, the whitepaper calls for 3DS technology to be implemented as a priority, and for merchants to engage in greater dialogue with their acquirers and gateways to identify issues and more effectively tackle fraud. Furthermore, the whitepaper calls for merchants to play an active role in communicating with customers – thereby helping minimising disruption.
Mark McMurtrie, Director of Payments Consultancy Ltd who conducted the research on behalf of the EPA says “It is clear that the industry needs more time before active enforcement of SCA otherwise the negative impact is likely to be extremely high and painful. A managed rollout is needed and, if granted, would allow far higher levels of awareness to be achieved, greater solution availability, system integration to be completed and time to resolve the many outstanding issues.”
Read the full white paper here: http://www.emergingpayments.org/article/issuer-declines-the-impact-of-sca-on-payments-users/
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About the EPA:
The Emerging Payments Association (EPA), established in 2008, connects the payments ecosystem, encourages innovation and drives profitable business growth for payments companies. Its goals are to strengthen and expand the payments industry to the benefit of all stakeholders.
It achieves this by delivering a comprehensive programme of activities for members with help from an independent Advisory Board, which addresses key issues impacting the industry. These activities include:
* A programme of 70 events annually
* Annual Black-Tie award ceremony
* Leading industry change projects
* Lobbying activities
* Training and development
* Research, reports and white papers
The EPA has over 150 members and is growing at 30% annually. Its members come from across the payments value chain; including payments schemes, banks and issuers, merchant acquirers, PSPs, retailers, and more. These companies have come together, from across the UK and internationally, to join our association, collaborate, and speak with a unified voice.
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