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Harmonisation of Swiss payment transactions

Uniform standards for digital payment processing

Transaction processing has become a digital phenomenon. As the impact of digitisation has spread to include payment transactions, the response has been the Initiative for the Harmonisation of Swiss Payment Transactions.

The Initiative for the Harmonisation of Swiss Payment Transactions was set up to enable Swiss payment systems to meet the challenges of digital processing, from the invoicing party through the payer to the account-managing payment institution. The Initiative is entering its implementation phase since 2018.


DTA files to be replaced by ISO 20022 standard

By 1 July 2018 the old DTA-based delivery formats have been replaced by the new ISO 20022 standard. ISO 20022 is an international standard that plays an important and ever-expanding role in electronic data exchange within the financial sector throughout the world but most notably in Europe. This forward-looking technology will be a crucial component in the transition to fully digitised payment transactions.


Replacement of red and orange paying-in slips

From the middle of 2020 the red and orange paying-in slips that are so familiar today will be replaced by the new QR billing. On QR invoices the main feature used to identify the bank account will be the IBAN. Encoding all the requisite information into the QR code will facilitate automated processing for both the client and the financial institutions and will reduce susceptibility to errors in comparison with today’s media disruptions.


What will change for corporate clients?
  • Since 1 July 2018 payment orders must be delivered as pain.001 message.
  • The QR-bill launch will not occur before mid-2020.
  • Transaction notifications and reporting will likewise switch to ISO 20022.
What is to be done?

Check your master data in accounts receivable and accounts payable management and consistently change the account number to the IBAN format today, also for your payroll transactions. Check your business documents for the exclusive use of the IBAN. Check with your software partner of your financial software whether your software processes the electronic account reports (SWIFT MT940/MT942) correctly when providing the account number in IBAN format.

ISO-20022 seal of approval has awarded VP Bank the «ISO 20022 ready» seal of approval. VP Bank and its personnel are well prepared for the new standard and will be happy to assist clients actively in switching to ISO 20022.

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