On September 14, 2016, the UK Payment Systems Regulator published a decision designating the Current Account Switch Service operated by BACS Payment Schemes Limited as an alternative arrangement under the Payment Accounts Regulations 2015. This follows an application from BACS to the PSR on June 9, 2016, for the Current Account Switch Service to be designated as an alternative arrangement pursuant to the PARs. The PARs make provision for the switching of a consumer’s payment account to a new account at the consumer’s request. Switching services must meet certain requirements, unless the PSR designates the service as an alternative arrangement. In order to be designated as an alternative arrangement, the scheme must meet certain criteria set out in the PARs, such as clearly being in the interests of consumers.

The Decision is available at: https://www.psr.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/PDF/CASS-designation-statement-September- 2016.pdf