Category: Consultation

The CMA has today published its response on the next steps for open banking across several key areas including monitoring, regulatory oversight, resourcing, sustainability, leadership and representation. Alongside the CMA’s consultation response, HMT, FCA, PSR and CMA have published a Joint Regulatory Statement providing further clarity to the open banking ecosystem on the government’s and regulators’ ambition for open banking and its extension into open finance and other sectors.

Commenting on the announcements, the OBIE’s Trustee and Chair, Charlotte Crosswell, said: “We welcome the announcements by the government and regulators, and the endorsement it gives for the future of open banking to our thriving ecosystem. There has been significant collaboration in developing the infrastructure, standards and ecosystem that we have in place today. We now need to drive forward competition and adoption to realise the benefits of innovation for consumers and businesses across the UK.

“Today’s announcement underlines government and regulators’ commitment to the future success of open banking, and the foundations for open finance and beyond. We will look forward to working with the new Joint Regulatory Oversight Committee over the course of this year.”

Crosswell took the opportunity to reflect on the public good aspect of the CMA’s Retail Banking Market Investigation Order 2017, and highlight why the UK leads the world in open banking implementation and growth. 

“Four years ago, open banking was a concept in name only. Today, more than five million consumers and small businesses are benefiting from open banking-enabled products, and this is only the start. We did not make so much progress by accident, it was by design. The UK’s leadership in open banking was enabled by our pro-competition approach and the ambition of our regulators and government. This forward looking leadership provided the confidence and the means through which innovation has flourished. I look forward to working in close collaboration with all stakeholders in taking open banking into the future and strengthening the UK’s leadership in this field.”

Henk Van Hulle, the OBIE’s CEO, said the organisation was already in planning and preparation mode. We have already made positive organisational, governance and operational changes to ensure we are best placed to take these arrangements forward. We will consult with key stakeholders and develop a detailed plan for transition, and I am confident that we are in a strong position to deliver what is needed to drive progress and maintain momentum in open banking.” 

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Notes to editors.  

For further enquiries, or to arrange an interview with an OBIE spokesperson, please contact Adam Taylor, adam.taylor@cicero-group.com.

Open Banking Ltd is the entity set up by the CMA9 as ordered by the CMA in 2016 to deliver open banking. Its trading name is Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE).

The OBIE is funded by the CMA9 (Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, NatWest Group and Santander). The OBIE works with the CMA9, as well as challenger banks, financial technology companies, third party providers and consumer groups.

The OBIE’s role is to:

The Open Banking Implementation (OBIE) has today launched a consultation on version 3.1.10 of the OBIE Standard. This represents the next stage in the development of open banking in the UK.

This version includes updates on:

We welcome responses to the consultation from all interested parties, using the link below. The consultation process will take place between the 14th February and 4th March 2022.

How and when to respond

Please note that responses are not treated as confidential.

Next steps

We will review and publish responses before the March 2022 Implementation Entity Steering Group (IESG) meeting.

View the draft version of OBIE Standard 3.1.10

Update: Summary of key proposed changes

At the request of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) that has been assisting in developing the proposed changes, we have summarised these in an additional document providing a supporting rationale for the proposed approach. 

Moving to the new framework

Feedback from the EAG indicated that it would be useful to address key implementation issues facing the open banking ecosystem which are significant in determining optimal approaches to transitioning to the new regulatory framework but may only have a modest impact on the Standard.

We have set out some analysis on the various approaches identified in EAG discussions and developed conclusions as to a possible common approach.   

This document also contains several specific questions on each of the topics covered which we hope will assist respondents to frame their input to the consultation.

We welcome responses to the consultation from all interested parties. Written consultation responses are due by 12pm on 4 March 2022.

You can email your response to the consultation questions raised in this summary document to obiepolicy@openbanking.org.uk

The newly appointed Chair of the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE), Charlotte Crosswell pledged to acknowledge and learn from past mistakes to help open banking deliver on its mission as a public good by increasing competition and innovation and ultimately securing better outcomes for consumers and SMEs.

Charlotte Crosswell, Chair of the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE)

Crosswell’s appointment comes after Imran Gulamhuseinwala resigned as OBIE Trustee and Chair following an independent investigation commissioned by the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority). Having considered the findings, the CMA last week published the report and set out the next steps to be taken.

Crosswell is charged with leading the planned transition to the future arrangements for open banking. Further priority hires will be the appointment of new Non-Executive Directors to the OBIE board to give appropriate independent scrutiny and oversight. The OBIE will work with the CMA and CMA9 to put the appropriate measures in place surrounding their appointments.

Charlotte Crosswell, OBIE’s Chair said: “Firstly I want to thank everyone who contributed to the review and acknowledge that those must have been difficult conversations to have. On behalf of OBIE, I want to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to anyone who feels negatively affected or let down by the issues identified in Ms White’s report. In my new role at OBIE, I am committed to turning these learnings into effective and meaningful change both in terms of stronger governance as well as a continued focus on employee values and wellbeing.

 As part of a transition from a contractor to employee model, the OBIE has already made some progress on overhauling its employment infrastructure; the implementation of employment policies and procedures, the establishment of a dedicated HR function and a Culture and Values Working Group. The sentiment conveyed to me by an overwhelming number of existing staff is that the OBIE of today is unrecognisable from the negative culture previously described. However, the observations and findings of Ms White mean that there is absolutely no scope for complacency. Under my leadership we will commit to working to ensure that there is no repetition of any failings and inadequacies, historical or otherwise. Simply put, what happened was unacceptable and can’t happen again. We intend to act swiftly and decisively. Non-Executive Directors will be appointed to the OBIE board as a priority, to provide appropriate independent scrutiny and oversight.

Ms Crosswell went on to explain that since joining the OBIE initially as Transition Lead earlier this year she has been hugely impressed with the professionalism, dedication and innovation of the OBIE team and the wider support of the open banking ecosystem.

 “OBIE personnel past and present have helped to establish the UK as a recognised world leader in open banking. 4 million consumers and small businesses in the UK now use services powered by open banking technology. Everyone that works for the OBIE believes in the mission and that has been powerful and inspiring to witness.

 With the CMA soon to announce next steps towards the model for the future governance of open banking we are at a key inflection point, and I hope this will give us greater clarity and enable us to implement fully the kind of leadership, governance and structure, alongside a supportive, diverse and inclusive culture, that is vital for a progressive and permanent organisation.” 

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Notes to Editors:

  1. Open banking enables consumers and SMEs to share their bank and credit card transaction data securely with trusted third parties who are then able to provide them with applications and services which save them time and money.
  1. Charlotte Crosswell OBE was appointed as Transition Lead at Open Banking Ltd earlier this year. Charlotte has been involved in capital markets and technology throughout her career – as CEO, Board Advisor and Non-Executive Director. She is the Former CEO of Innovate Finance, where she worked closely with Fintech entrepreneurs, government and regulators in addition to working on the Independent Strategic Review into UK Fintech that was published in February 2021. Charlotte also represents UK Fintech on the Department for International Trade’s Financial Services Trade Advisory Group.
  1. You can view Alison White’s report on the CMA’s website.
  1. The CMA announced the following steps that are being taken following the investigation:
  1. The open banking implementation phase will complete in 2022. The findings of the Alison White investigation will also be taken into consideration in relation to the future governance arrangements for OBIE, alongside responses received to the CMA consultation earlier this year. A further update on this will be published as a priority.

About Us

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is the entity set up by the CMA in 2016 to deliver open banking. Its trading name is Open Banking Limited.

The OBIE is governed by the CMA and funded by the CMA9 (Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Natwest Group and Santander). Its works with the CMA 9, as well as challenger banks, financial technology companies, third party providers and consumer groups.

The OBIE’s role is to:

The Open Banking Implementation (OBIE) has today launched a consultation on version 3.1.9 of the OBIE Standard. This represents the next stage in the development of open banking in the UK.

This versions includes updates on:

The OBIE welcomes responses to the consultation from all interested parties. The consultation process will take place between the 16th August and 3rd September 2021.

  1. The OBIE is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, 24th August at 13:00, to talk through v3.1.9 artefacts and explain the consultation process in more detail. If you wish to join this session, please register via Eventbrite here.
  2. Written consultation responses are due by midday on 3rd September 
  3. Please submit one response per organisation for each artefact.
  4. Responses are deemed to be non-confidential.
  5. Consultation responses will be reviewed, and the responses published, before the September Implementation Entity Steering Group meeting

Links to the draft version 3.1.9 of the OBIE Standard & feedback pages

 API specification

ASPSP MI Specifications & Change Log

TPP MI Specifications & Change Log

Customer Experience Guidelines & Change Log

Guidance for TPPs on use of VRPs for sweeping

Feedback pages

In addition to the above we would like to inform the ecosystem that we have updated the Variable Recurring Payment Proposition to include the agreed definition of Sweeping.

If you experience any issues accessing any of these links, please raise a ticket via the Service Desk Portal (if you have access)

https://openbanking.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/1 or email the ServiceDesk@openbanking.org.uk and we can organise access.

All other queries can be directed to press@openbanking.org.uk

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About Us

Open banking is a new, secure way for customers to take control of their financial data and share it with organisations other than their banks. Open banking has the power to revolutionise the way we move, manage and make more of our money. For businesses, it is about making the management of cash flow and receiving payments cheaper and easier. Open banking will make things simpler, faster and more convenient.

The OBIE follows the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into the supply of personal current accounts (PCAs) and of banking services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The OBIE was created to enable innovation, transparency and competition in UK financial services. It is tasked with delivering the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), data structures and security architectures that will enable developers to harness technology, making it easy and safe for individuals and SMEs to share the financial information held by their banks with third parties.

Open banking will bring substantial benefits. It gives customers and SMEs greater market choice and greater control over their money and associated data, along with better and easier access to new financial services providers in a secure environment.

Notes to Editors:

The OBIE was set up by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) in September 2016 to fulfil one of the remedies mandated by the CMA following an investigation into UK retail banking.

The CMA’s investigation into the retail banking market (whose findings were published in August 2016) concluded that older and larger banks do not compete hard enough for customers’ business and that open banking should deliver a new, secure option for customers to be able to compare the deal they are getting from their bank.

The OBIE was created to enable innovation, transparency and competition to UK financial services. It is tasked with delivering the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), data structures and security architectures that will make it easy and safe for customers to share their financial records by January 2018.

The data provided by open banking will enable developers to harness technology that allows individuals and businesses to share their financial records held by their banks with third parties.

The OBIE is a private body; its governance, composition and budget was determined by the CMA. It is funded by the UK’s nine largest current account providers and overseen by the CMA, the Financial Conduct Authority and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

The 9 mandated institutions (referred to as the CMA9) are: Barclays plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Santander, Danske, HSBC, RBS, Bank of Ireland, Nationwide and AIBG.

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is delighted to learn that the CMA has decided, in line with the Trustee’s recommendations to mandate Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs) as the mechanism for implementing sweeping.

The CMA today published a letter to the Implementation Trustee that stated: “Making effective provision for sweeping is an important element of the open banking remedy and it is important that sweeping provisions include the ability to move funds out of current accounts into accounts earning a higher rate of interest, and conversely enables customers to access alternative and cheaper sources of short-term credit.”

Simply put, sweeping is the automatic transfer of money between a customer’s own accounts, such as moving excess funds into a separate savings account or using them to repay a loan or overdraft account.

VRPs allow customers to safely connect authorised payments providers to their bank account so that they can make payments on the customer’s behalf within agreed parameters that offer more control and transparency than existing alternatives.

This decision means that the largest UK current account providers will have to implement VRPs within the next six months and allow free access to third party providers who are using VRPs to enable their customers to move money from their current accounts to other accounts.

Commenting on the CMA’s decision, OBIE’s Implementation Trustee Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBE said:

“The CMA’s decision in line with OBIE’s advice, is a win for competition and innovation, which will deliver significant benefits to consumers and small businesses. We’ve been anticipating a decision from the CMA on this for some time now and have been on standby to implement this by the end of this year. The OBIE will now mandate Variable Recurring Payments for the purpose of sweeping, which is the automatic movement of money between an account holder’s different accounts. We like to think of it as the smarter version of direct debit payments.

This is a major step forward in payments, giving consumers more control over their money whilst also protecting them from incurring unwanted fees. It will, for example, allow surplus money to be automatically transferred from a current account to a savings account to help build a savings pot or to an overdraft or loan account to help the customer keep their borrowing costs to a minimum.

We are especially delighted as this is the last major piece of functionality to be delivered under the CMA’s open banking remedies. Over the past five years, we have built a thriving open banking ecosystem that already benefits nearly 4 million people and is growing rapidly. We look forward to the outcome of the CMA’s consultation on the future governance of open banking, which we hope will allow us to continue delivering world-leading innovation to the benefit of consumers, SMEs and the industry.”

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For further information, please contact: press@openbanking.org.uk

About Us

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is the entity set up by the CMA in 2016 to deliver open banking. Its trading name is Open Banking Limited.

The OBIE is governed by the CMA and funded by the CMA9 (Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Natwest Group and Santander). Its works with the CMA 9, as well as challenger banks, financial technology companies, third party providers and consumer groups. The OBIE’s role is to:

The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) today published all of the responses it received (60) to its recent consultation on the future oversight of the open banking remedies, including the submission presented by the OBIE’s Implementation Trustee, Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBE.

The Trustee’s full written response to the Consultation can be accessed here.

Imran Gulamhuseinwala said: “We are at a critical juncture in the journey of Open Banking in the UK, with the CMA set to decide the future path that journey will take in the coming weeks. I am proud of what we have achieved thus far, with the infrastructure largely built and adoption and innovation picking up pace. But we now must look to the future.

The UK has long led the world in the field of financial innovation and we have a golden opportunity for Open Banking to evolve to the next logical phase, Open Finance – opening up new products and opportunities for citizens and businesses alike. My response provides the CMA with a forward-looking and positive plan to bank what we have achieved and to prepare us for what comes next.”

The consultation, which ran from the 5 to the 29 March 2021, sought “stakeholder views on what arrangements it would be appropriate to put in place to ensure the effective oversight and governance of the CMA’s open banking remedies” following the completion of the OBIE’s existing implementation Roadmap, and to generate insight from the ecosystem on an appropriate transition process towards a future governance model.

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For further information, please contact: press@openbanking.org.uk

About Us

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is the entity set up by the CMA in 2016 to deliver open banking. Its trading name is Open Banking Limited.

The OBIE is governed by the CMA and funded by the CMA9 (Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Natwest Group and Santander). Its works with the CMA 9, as well as challenger banks, financial technology companies, third party providers and consumer groups. The OBIE’s role is to:

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) today publishes two documents following the conclusion of the second phase of its consultation on Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs) and Sweeping.

These documents are:

  1. VRP and Sweeping User Research Final Report
  2. Phase II Feedback Summary and OBIE Response Paper

This consultation process was started in November 2020.  Feedback from the first phase was published in January 2021.

Following this consultation process, the OBIE published version 3.1.8 of its Open Banking Standard, which includes VRP functionality. The OBIE will conclude its evaluation of Sweeping in the Summer of 2021.

 

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For further information, please contact: press@openbanking.org.uk

About Us

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is the entity set up by the CMA in 2016 to deliver open banking. Its trading name is Open Banking Limited.

The OBIE is governed by the CMA and funded by the CMA 9 (Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Natwest Group and Santander). Its works with the CMA 9, as well as challenger banks, financial technology companies, third party providers and consumer groups. The OBIE’s role is to:

 

 

This morning the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have published a consultation paper on the future governance of open banking. Responding to the news, Imran Gulamhuseinwala, Trustee, Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) said: 

“As the OBIE comes to the end of the implementation phase, we look forward to working with the CMA, who will set out the next steps and we encourage any external stakeholders to contribute to the consultation. A regular appraisal of the progress of open banking implementation is crucial to ensure a healthy ecosystem and competitive market.”

“Open banking has been critical to supporting the UK’s emerging and growing FinTech industry. We have pioneered the technology and as the Government said only last week, it is now taking the world by storm. The legislation that underpins open banking (PSD2) applied to all EU countries, yet three years on, the UK has more open banking providers than the whole of the EU combined. That’s a clear endorsement to how we have approached this opportunity.

“In 2018, the OBIE was tasked to help build the framework and the standards that would allow open banking to flourish. I am delighted that we now have more than three million regular users of open banking-enabled products, from money management tools to help consumers manage their personal finances better, to accountancy products that are helping small businesses find cheaper Covid loans and manage cashflow. Currently, we are seeing one million new users of open banking every six months and growing innovation in areas such as payments.

“As we look beyond to open finance and smart data, it is terrific to see a clear recommendation from the Kalifa Review supporting the concept of a similar mandated body to oversee its implementation. It will be beneficial to UK FinTech, but most importantly to consumers and small businesses.”

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For further information, please contact: press@openbanking.org.uk

About Us

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is the entity set up by the CMA in 2016 to deliver open banking. Its trading name is Open Banking Limited.

The OBIE is governed by the CMA and funded by the CMA 9 (Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Natwest Group and Santander). Its works with the CMA 9, as well as challenger banks, financial technology companies, third party providers and consumer groups. The OBIE’s role is to:

 

 

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) has today published its consultation on Confirmation of Payee (CoP) and the Contingent Reimbursement Model (CRM) Code and its implications for open banking payment journeys.

The OBIE welcomes stakeholder views on the CoP / CRM Consultation paper via its online Consultation Survey.

  1. CoP/ CRM Consultation paper
  2. CoP and CRM Proposition paper
  3. CoP CRM Implications for OBIE R/W API Standards

A further Preliminary Analysis paper is also being published, which sets out in more detail the preliminary findings from the consumer research commissioned exploring the effectiveness of warnings. This supplements the summary of findings presented in the Consultation Paper.

The primary focus of our consultation is the content set out in the Consultation Paper. However, we have also produced a Draft Proposition Paper and an outlining of the potential implications for the API specification. We welcome observations on the recommendations set out in these too, via the relevant Confluence Feedback pages detailed below.

Consultation Process

If you experience any issues accessing any of these links, please raise a ticket via the Service Desk Portal (if you have access) https://openbanking.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/1 or email the ServiceDesk@openbanking.org.uk and we can organise access.

 

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About the Open Banking Implementation Entity:

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is the entity set up by the CMA in 2016 to deliver Open Banking. Its trading name is Open Banking Limited. OBIE is governed by the CMA and funded by the CMA9 (Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, RBS Group and Santander). Its works with the CMA 9, as well as challenger banks, financial technology companies, third party providers and consumer groups.

OBIE’s role is to:

 

 

 

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) has today published its response and revised its proposals following the first phase of its consultation into Variable Recurring Payments and Sweeping.

As part of the second phase of this consultation, the OBIE welcomes stakeholder views on the following papers, via an online consultation survey which will run through until Friday 12th February.

  1. Revised Sweeping Evaluation Consultation Paper
  2. Revised Variable Recurring Payments Proposition Consultation Paper
  3. Feedback Summary and OBIE Response Paper
  4. VRP and Sweeping User Research Preliminary Report

‘Tracked Changes’ versions of the Consultation Papers, highlighting changes since the initial publication, can be found via the links below:

  1. ‘Tracked Changes’ Sweeping Evaluation Consultation Paper
  2. ‘Tracked Changes’ Variable Recurring Payments Proposition Consultation Paper
  3. ‘Tracked Changes’ Feedback Summary and OBIE Response Paper

In addition, based on feedback received from the first phase of consultations on Variable Recurring Payments and Sweeping, OBIE has produced revised VRP Standards and welcomes feedback from interested stakeholders. This includes the following artefacts:

  1. API Specification
  2. Customer Experience Guidelines
  3. MI Specification

Consultation Process

If you experience any issues accessing any of these links, please raise a ticket via the Service Desk Portal (if you have access) https://openbanking.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/1 or email the OBIE Service Desk at ServiceDesk@openbanking.org.uk to request access.

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About the Open Banking Implementation Entity:

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is the entity set up by the CMA in 2016 to deliver Open Banking. Its trading name is Open Banking Limited. OBIE is governed by the CMA and funded by the CMA9 (Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, RBS Group and Santander). Its works with the CMA 9, as well as challenger banks, financial technology companies, third party providers and consumer groups.

OBIE’s role is to:

The OBIE has today launched consultations on Variable Recurring Payments and Sweeping. This represents the next stage in the development of open banking in the UK.

Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs) allow customers to safely connect authorised payments providers to their bank account so that they can make payments on the customer’s behalf, within agreed parameters that offer more control and transparency than existing alternatives.

Sweeping is the automated movement of funds for a customer between two accounts in their name, usually to help the customer avoid charges or benefit from better interest rates.

Consultation Process and Supporting Material

The OBIE welcomes responses to the consultation from all interested parties. The first phase of the Consultation Process will take place between the 9 November and 4 December 2020.

1. OBIE has held a series of webinar workshops, open to all stakeholders. Recordings of these events can be reviewed as follows:

2. Written consultation responses are due by midday on 4 December.

3. Background documentation is also available:

– Please submit one response document per organisation.

– Responses are deemed to be non-confidential.

– Consultation responses will be reviewed and a summary of the responses published, before the Christmas break.

4. For the VRP Standards documents, please respond via Confluence Feedback Pages.

5. A further phase of consultation expected to commence towards the end of January, with final decisions expected in early Spring.

Links to documents & feedback pages

Consultation papers

VRP Standard

If you experience any issues accessing any of these links, please raise a ticket via the Service Desk Portal (if you have access) https://openbanking.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/1 or email the ServiceDesk@openbanking.org.uk and we can organise access.

Since the European Banking Authority (EBA) published statement on July 29th 2020 which stated that that PSD2 eIDAS certificates issued in the EU to UK Third Party Providers would be revoked on 31st December 2020, we have been in discussion with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on how best to find a suitable solution given that the current legislation is based on the use of such certificates for the purposes of identification.   

OBIE welcomes the consultation on eIDAS certificates announced today by the FCA (Consultation can be found on pages 8 to 12 with the legal instrument on pages 35 to 38. The consultation is open until 5 October) and OBIE will be actively contributing to the consultation processWe believe, subject to FCA agreement, the existing OB certificates (certificates issued by the OBIE) are a proven alternative to PSD2 eIDAS certificates for the basis of identification and the provision of electronic signatures 

OBIE also encourages the UK open banking ecosystem participants to play an active role in the consultation process so their contributions are considered, and we will be facilitating a series of events to enable this both pre and post the FCA consultation process. We encourage you to sign up and participate, our first event is on Tuesday September 15th 10am-12 noon 

Click on the link here to register interest for the event.

Commenting on the ramifications of the EBA statement, Trustee of the OBIE, Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBE said: 

“We recognise that the EBA’s recent notice has caused concern for our open banking community. However, at OBIE we are committed to supporting the FCA’s Consultation to find the best and most simple solution as quickly as possible. We encourage all of our open banking ecosystem participants to collaborate in the consultation with us. 

Background to OBIE provided certificates: 

As defined by the RTS, PSD2 eIDAS certificates are a requirement for all TPPs to identify themselves to ASPSPs for purposes of providing open banking services in Europe. However, at the time open banking went live in the UK (Jan 2018, 18 months in advance of the live date for open banking in Europe), the format for these PSD2 eIDAS certificates had not been agreed, and hence OBIE had to provide an alternative. 

Therefore, since January 2018, OBIE has been providing certificates (OB certificates) to TPPs and ASPSPs to facilitate security between firms exchanging data on behalf of users. 

The vast majority of the UK open banking ecosystem (approximately 90% of all ASPSPs enrolled with OBIE, and 100% of TPPs connected to these ASPSPs) already have and use OB certificates. Utilising these certificates will ensure the trust already established in the ecosysteis maintained, limiting any disruption in service to the million plus customers that are using open banking enabled products each month to access better financial products and make better financial decisionsOBIE remains focused on completing the final stages of the implementation of Open Banking.  

Background to this issue: 

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a statement on July 29th 2020 regarding the need for financial institutions to finalise preparations for the end of the post-Brexit transitional arrangements between the EU and UK, i.e. 31st December 2020. 

The key points of this statement are: 

  1. PSD2 eIDAS certificates issued in the EU to UK Third Party Providers will be revoked, meaning that they can no longer be used for the purposes of identification with ASPSPs. 
  2. UK-based financial institutions will no longer be able to offer financial services to EU customers on a cross-border basis (passporting). 
  3. Financial institutions wishing to operate in the EU and offer services to their EU customers should ensure they have obtained the necessary authorisation and effectively establish themselves before the end of the transition period. 

Regarding point 1, continue to be in discussion with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on how best to resolve this, given that the current legislation is based on the use of eIDAS certificates for the purposes of identification and are participating in their recently announced Consultation. 

 We are also working through potential technical solutions which would allow, subject to FCA agreement, alternative certificates to form the basis of identification. 

 

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For further information, please contact:

press@openbanking.org.uk

About Us

Open Banking is a new, secure way for customers to take control of their financial data and share it with organisations other than their banks. Open Banking has the power to revolutionise the way we move, manage and make more of our money. For businesses, it is about making the management of cash flow and receiving paymes cheaper and easier. Open Banking will make things simpler, faster and more convenient.

Open Banking follows the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into the supply of personal current accounts (PCAs) and of banking services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Open Banking was created to enable innovation, transparency and competition in UK financial services. It is tasked with delivering the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), data structures and security architectures that will enable developers to harness technology, making it easy and safe for individuals and SMEs to share the financial information held by their banks with third parties.

Open Banking will bring substantial benefits. It gives customers and SMEs greater market choice and greater control over their money and associated data, along with better and easier access to new financial services providers in a secure environment.

Notes to Editors:

1. Open Banking Ltd was set up by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) in September 2016 to fulfil one of the remedies mandated by the CMA following an investigation into UK retail banking.

2. The CMA’s investigation into the retail banking market (whose findings were published in August 2016) concluded that older and larger banks do not compete hard enough for customers’ business and that Open Banking should deliver a new, secure option for customers to be able to compare the deal they are getting from their bank.

3. Open Banking was created to enable innovation, transparency and competition to UK financial services. It is tasked with delivering the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), data structures and security architectures that will make it easy and safe for customers to share their financial records by January 2018.

4. The data provided by Open Banking will enable developers to harness technology that allows individuals and businesses to share their financial records held by their banks with third parties.

5. Open Banking is a private body; its governance, composition and budget was determined by the CMA. It is funded by the UK’s nine largest current account providers and overseen by the CMA, the Financial Conduct Authority and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

6. The 9 mandated institutions (referred to as the CMA9) are: Barclays plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Santander, Danske, HSBC, RBS, Bank of Ireland, Nationwide and AIBG.