Consultations

  • PSA Consultation on proposals to enhance effectiveness of sanctions

    The Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) has launched a consultation on proposals to enhance effectiveness of sanctions imposed by PSA Tribunals on non-compliant providers.

    They have been reviewing the effectiveness of their approach to sanctioning and whether their current approach effectively achieves the goal of preventing consumer harm, protecting the reputation of the market and creating a level playing field for industry.

    PSA are consulting on amendments to the sections of Supporting Procedures which set out the procedures adopted by the Tribunal when imposing sanctions. The proposed changes are to sections 12, 13 and 14 of the Supporting Procedures.


    Date Opened: 23 March 2017
    Deadline: 18 May 2017
    Consultation URL: PSA Consultation on proposals to enhance effectiveness of sanctions
    Response Document: PSA Consultation on proposals to enhance effectiveness of sanctions
  • FCA Consultation on the Implementation of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2)

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are consulting on two documents and the Payment Services Regulator (PSR) – a subsidiary of FCA – is consulting on their own Approach Document for the implementation of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). Collectively the three documents constitute 522 pages.

    • FCA Consultation Paper: Implementation of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2): draft Approach Document and draft Handbook changes. Link
    • FCA Approach document: Payment Services and Electric [sic] Money – Our Approach. Link
    • Payment Services Regulator (PSR) Approach Document: The PSR’s proposed approach to monitoring and enforcing the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). Link

    The FCA consultation acknowledges its release in advance of any direction from HM Treasury related to issues stemming from responses to Treasury’s consultation.

    AIME’s Position

    AIME’s response to the HM Treasury consultation formalised our previously identified and discussed issues relating to interpretation, cascade of exclusion and the financial impact of strict adherence. Read our response here: We are waiting for Treasury to respond to AIME.

    Inside the FCA consultation, two significant issues have been immediately identified

    1. The description of “individual subscriber” which remains undefined in PSD2 and is a contradiction of defined terms elsewhere, is interpreted by FCA as the bill payer, not the user.

    2. The FCA have for many years considered the intermediary role to be akin to Merchant Acquiring. The new term in PSD2 is Payment Acquiring. While AIME are negotiating a cascade of the telecom operators exclusion to Intermediaries, FCA are suggesting that the intermediary role requires registration.

    Our immediate response is to be aware of these potential issues but wait for Treasury to provide their formal position on these matters.

    We are also considering an escalation to Government ministers (Treasury and DCMS) and have asked Ofcom to become involved as both these issues create a serious threat to premium rate revenues and regulation.


    Date Opened: 13th April 2017
    Deadline: 8th June 2017
    Consultation URL: FCA Consultation on the Implementation of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2)
    Response Document: FCA Consultation on the Implementation of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2)
  • Consultation Response: Implementation of the revised EU Payment Services Directive (PSDII)

    HM Treasury are seeking views on legislative changes proposed to meet the requirements of the revised Payments Services Directive II (2015/2366/EU) (PSDII).

    The area that AIME is concentrating on is the “telecom exclusion” detailed in Article 3(l) of PSD, which assumes that a telecom provider, taking a payment for a third party service and adding that payment to the consumer telecoms bill is acting as a Payment Service Provider (PSP). PSP’s have to register and be authorised by the FCA. The exclusion from registration covers a limited range of products and services that can be purchased with a maximum value and a maximum monthly spend.

    The other area of concern for AIME is that Networks Intermediaries, all the way to the merchant are potentially captured as “Payment Acquirers” requiring FCA registration.

    AIMEs response to Treasury answered the questions being posed and covered in detail, the operational environment of telecoms based payments to ensure Treasury could brief ministers correctly if required.


    Date Opened: 2nd February 2017
    Deadline: 16th March 2017
    Consultation URL: Consultation Response: Implementation of the revised EU Payment Services Directive (PSDII)
    Response Document: Consultation Response: Implementation of the revised EU Payment Services Directive (PSDII)
  • Consultation response: PSA Budget 2017

    The Phone-paid Services Authority today publishes for consultation its Business Plan and Budget 2017/18. The consultation sets out how we seek to meet our strategic priorities and ensure consumer protection in the phone-paid services market.

    AIME’s response to this consultation is attached.


    Date Opened: 14th December 2016
    Deadline: 27th Jan 2017
    Consultation URL: Consultation response: PSA Budget 2017
    Response Document: Consultation response: PSA Budget 2017
  • Consultation Response: Special Conditions for Online Competition & Adult Services

    AIME welcomes the opportunity to respond to PhonepayPlus Consultation on its proposals for developing the regulatory framework to ensure that the regulation of premium rate services and premium rate charging mechanics is fit for purpose as consumers and their surrounding technologies evolve.

    To assist AIME in providing a comprehensive input to PhonepayPlus, AIME researched its Members in the following manner;

    • Written input from Members
    • One-to-one discussions
    • Discussions inside AIMEs Board and Member Working Groups

    Date Opened: 17th August 2016
    Deadline: 12th October 2016
    Consultation URL: Consultation Response: Special Conditions for Online Competition & Adult Services
    Response Document: Consultation Response: Special Conditions for Online Competition & Adult Services
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