Letter on Strong Customer Authentication: The alliance requests a delay in SCA enforcement until end of 2021

24 April 2020

In April 2020, the European Tourism Manifesto alliance sent letters to the European Payment Institutions Federation (EPIF) and European Banking Authority (EBA) requesting for a 12-month delay in the implementation of the Strong Customer Authentication (SCA). The new SCA requirement aims to ensure that electronic payments are performed with multi-factor authentication and should come into force by the end of 2020. Given the unprecedented crisis affecting the travel and tourism sector, the current deadline of implementation needs revision.