FCA delays implementation of new authentication regulations

Heightened customer authentication rules have been delayed by The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, as it seeks to deal with economic turbulence caused by the current health crisis. 

The delay means that elevated verification methods won’t be essential until 14 September 2021, instead of the 14th of March 2021. 

Issuing a statement, the group said: “In the exceptional circumstances of the Covid crisis, we are giving the industry an additional 6 months to implement strong customer authentication (SCA) for e-commerce. This will minimise potential disruption to consumers and merchants. The new timeline of 14 September 2021 replaces the 14 March 2021 date.

“Firms are required to take all necessary steps to comply with the revised detailed phased implementation plan and critical path to avoid the risk of enforcement action.

“We expect UK Finance, as coordinator for the industry, to discuss the detailed phased implementation plan and critical path with all stakeholders and agree it with the FCA as soon as possible. In the meantime, firms should continue with the necessary preparatory activities such as robust end-to-end testing.

“After 14 September 2021, any firm that fails to comply with the requirements for SCA will be subject to full FCA supervisory and enforcement action.”