On March 10, 2016, the UK Payment Systems Regulator published its interim report relating to its market review into the supply of indirect access to payment systems. The PSR considers that competition in the supply of indirect access is going in the right direction for indirect payment services providers. However, the regulator has concerns about choice, service quality and the ability of indirect payment services providers to switch providers. The PSR is also of the view that responses to financial crime regulation is limiting the provision of indirect access. The PSR does not intend to take regulatory action at this stage but will monitor developments in the industry to assess whether its concerns are addressed. The PSR is seeking feedback on its interim findings and its approach and comments are due by May 5, 2016.

The PSR’s interim report is available at: https://www.psr.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/PDF/MR1512-indirect-access-marketreview-interim-report.pdf