The OBIE publishes the latest open banking standard to enable Variable Recurring Payments

31 March 2021

Version 3.1.8 of the OBIE Standard introduces major new functionality, specifically Variable Recurring Payments (VRPs).

The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is pleased to announce the publication of Version 3.1.8. of the OBIE Standard. This is a significant enhancement to version 3.1.7, which was released in December 2020. While it does not introduce any breaking changes (hence it remains technically a patch release), it does include the addition of VRP functionality.

VRPs are an emerging and novel way for customers to securely instruct and manage payments via open banking.

Customers can provide consent to a Payment Initiation Service Provider (PISP) for a series of payments, without the need for the customer to authenticate each individual payment with their bank or account provider.

VRPs, therefore, open up new forms of financial automation, improved end-user experiences, and greater levels of consumer transparency and control.

For firms looking to implement this latest version of the OBIE standard, please see the following links for further details:


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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:

  • Enforce the obligations on the CMA 9 under the CMA Order
  • Design the specifications for the Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) that banks and building societies use to securely provide open banking
  • Support regulated third party providers and banks and building societies to use the OBIE’s Open Banking Standards
  • Create security and messaging standards
  • Manage the OBIE’s open banking Directory which allows regulated participants like banks, building societies and third-party providers to enrol in open banking
  • Produce guidelines for participants in the open banking ecosystem
  • Set out the process for managing disputes and complaints