Warning: set_time_limit(): Cannot set max execution time limit due to system policy in /customers/b/b/b/brandspurng.com/httpd.www/wp-config.php on line 92 CBN Issues Framework for QR Code Payments in Nigeria - Brand Spur

CBN Issues Framework for QR Code Payments in Nigeria

Must Read

- Advertisement -

In furtherance of its mandates to, ensure the safety and stability of the Nigerian Financial System, promote the use and adoption of electronic payments and foster innovation in the payments system, the Central Bank of Nigeria hereby issues the Framework for Quick Response Code (QR Code) Payments in Nigeria.

Quick Response (QR) Codes are a kind of matrix barcode representing information presented as square grids, made up of black squares against a contrasting background, that can be scanned by the imaging device, processed and transmitted by appropriate technology.

CBN Issues Framework for QR Code Payments in Nigeria Brandspurng

These codes can be used to present, capture and transmit payments information across payments infrastructure. The technology further enables the mobile channel to facilitate payments and presents another veritable avenue for promoting electronic payments for micro and small enterprises.

Scope and Objectives

This framework provides regulatory guidance for the operation of QR Code payment services in Nigeria. It aims to ensure the adoption of appropriate QR code standards for safe and efficient payments services in Nigeria. The framework therefore stipulates:

  1. Acceptable QR Code Standards for implementing QR Payments in Nigeria;
  2. Interoperability of QR Payments in Nigeria;
- Advertisement -

iii. Roles and Responsibilities of Participants in QR Payments in Nigeria;

  1. Risk management principles for QR code Payments in Nigeria

3.0 QR Code Specifications for Payments in Nigeria

Implementation of QR Code for payments in Nigeria shall be within the following specifications:

3.1 QR Code Payments in Nigeria shall be based on the EMV® QR Code Specification for Payment Systems;

3.2 The Bank may also approve the implementation of any other QR Code Standard, provided it meets the prescribed security requirements within the framework, demonstrates interoperability with other existing implementation in the industry and/or cost benefits to end-users (merchants and customers);

- Advertisement -

3.3 QR Code Payments implementation in Nigeria shall support account, wallet, card and token-based QR Code Operations;

3.4 Implementation of QR Code for payments in Nigeria shall be based on the Merchant-presented mode (where merchants present the QR Code for buyers to accept in order to conclude payment transactions) specification;

QR Code Payment Users to Reach 2.2 Billion Globally by 2025, as Services Expand Beyond China & India

4.0 Participants in QR Code Payment in Nigeria

Participants in QR Code Payment in Nigeria include;

  1. Merchants
  2. Customers
- Advertisement -

iii. Issuers (Banks, MMOs and Other Financial Institutions)

  1. Acquirers (Banks, MMOs and Other Financial Institutions)
  2. Payments Service Providers 

5.0 Responsibilities of Participants in QR Code Payments in Nigeria

  1. Merchants shall
  2. Use and display only approved QR Codes in Nigeria;
  3. Comply with service agreements executed with the acquirer;
  4. Cooperate with the order to investigate any reported fraudulent transaction;
  5. Report suspicious use of QR Codes for payments to the acquirer;
  6. Confirm with the rules and regulation of the acquirer;
  7. Be guided by the extant CBN Guidelines on Electronic Payments Channels in Nigeria, Guide to charges by banks, other financial and non-bank financial institutions, and other applicable regulation as may be issued by the Bank.
  1. Customers shall;

  2. Use QR Code payments applications availed by the issuer and for the intended purpose without modifications, at merchant locations/websites/applications;
  3. The consumer shall adhere to all minimum security guidelines as stipulated by the issuer;
  4. Report inappropriate/unauthorised QR Code Payment transaction on their accounts/wallets.

iii. Issuers (Banks, MMOs and Other Financial Institutions) shall:

  1. Provide QR Code Payment application to customers upon request and activation by the customer;
  2. Execute service agreement with their customers;
  3. Comply with Card Scheme Rules (where applicable);
  4. Determine and agree on appropriate transaction limits with customers for QR Code Payments based on their customers’ risk profile assessment;
  5. Ensure appropriate configurations on QR Code Payment application that use QR codes for payments in conformity and compliance with requirements of QR Code regulations;
  6. Deploy necessary updates and patches on its QR Code Payment application and ensure the customer is unable to initiate a transaction through the older version of the application where the customer fails to apply the update within 14 days of the availability of the update or patch;
  7. Without prejudice to(f) above, issuers may induce an automatic update of the customer’s application where applicable;
  8. Provide adequate training, support and security guidelines to customers on the use of QR code for payments;
  9. Ensure security of QR Code payment application for QR Code payments;
  10. Resolve customers dispute in accordance with the CBN Consumer Protection Regulation.
  11. Be guided by the extant CBN Guidelines on Electronic Payments Channels in Nigeria, Guide to charges by banks, other financial and nonbank financial institutions, and other applicable regulation as may be issued by the Bank.
  1. Acquirers shall

  2. Execute service agreement with merchants;
  3. Determine and agree on appropriate transaction limits with merchants for accepting QR Code Payments based on its risk profile assessment of the merchant;
  4. Ensure appropriate configurations and use of QR codes at Merchant location/website/applications in conformity and compliance with requirements of QR Scheme(s) and QR Code regulations;
  5. Ensure that appropriate security protocols are applied.
  6. Provide adequate training, support and security guidelines to merchants on the use of QR code for payments;
  7. Ensure that hardware, software, protocols used for QR Code for payments are in conformity with the requirements of operations of QR Code payments regulations;
  8. Give merchants value for QR Code transaction within T+1 or as may be agreed with the merchant;
  9. Be guided by the extant CBN Guidelines on Electronic Payments Channels in Nigeria, Guide to charges by banks, other financial and nonbank financial institutions, and other applicable regulation as may be issued by the Bank.
  1. Other Payments Service Providers (Switches & PSSPs) shall;

  2. Support processing and settlement for all issuers and acquirers;
  3. Facilitate interoperability of QR Code Payments for all issuers and acquirers;
  4. Ensure full compliance with this Framework and other extant guidelines on electronic payments and transaction processing.
Read Also:  EcobankPay Hits N1Billion in Transactions Value

6.0 Interoperability

All issuers, acquirers, switches, processors and other participants in QR payments in Nigeria shall ensure full interoperability of QR Code Schemes in Nigeria.

7.0 Risk management and compliance

The following risk management principles shall guide the operations of QR Code Payments in Nigeria:

  1. Issuers and acquirers shall clearly define risk management policy and guidelines for the operation of the QR Code Scheme. The risk management guidelines shall include the detailed stipulation of the responsibilities of all participants for managing risk;
  2. QR Codes shall, at a minimum, be encrypted (AES) and/or signed;
  3. QR Codes Payments applications, updates and patches shall be duly certified by the Payment Terminal Service Aggregator (PTSA);
  4. Issuers and Acquirers shall agree to a minimum due to diligence guidance for merchant onboarding without prejudice to the KYC/AML requirements of the Bank;
  5. Issuers and Acquirers shall ensure that only PTSA certified QR Code shall be utilised;
  6. Issuers and Acquirers shall ensure behavioural monitoring and fraud management systems are implemented to prevent, detect and mitigate fraud and money laundering;
  7. Issuers shall have the overall responsibilities for managing fraud risk and shall coordinate all participants towards managing fraud in its scheme;
  8. Issuers shall provide quarterly risk management assessment report to the Director, Payments System Management Department. The risk management assessment report shall include among other fraud report, vulnerabilities assessment and risk-mitigating measures introduced. 

8.0 Dispute Resolution

All consumer complaints shall be resolved in accordance with the CBN Consumer Protection Regulation.

9.0 Infringements and Sanctions

All parties shall comply with the provisions of this framework and other relevant guidelines issued by the CBN. The Bank shall apply appropriate sanctions to any party that fails to comply accordingly

- Advertisement -
spot_imgspot_img
- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest News

CBN Issues Framework for QR Code Payments in Nigeria - Brand Spur

Trend Micro Placed in 2021 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms

Recognized for Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

 

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 13 May 2021 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platform for its offering, Trend Micro Apex One. The evaluation was based on specific criteria that analyzed the company's overall completeness of vision and ability to execute.


Trend Micro is continually innovating and anticipating emerging threats. Our flagship Apex One endpoint protection platform features broad coverage against today's most critical threats. Our customers are protected using a range of techniques including virtual patching, which immediately protects against exploits until the vendor patch is applied.


Read the full Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platform report at: https://resources.trendmicro.com/Gartner-Magic-Quadrant-Endpoints.html

"The endpoint has become a key battleground as determined threat actors try to take advantage of the pandemic to target distributed workforces and vulnerable remote access infrastructure. But throughout this difficult period, we've been there for our customers," said Wendy Moore, vice president of product marketing for Trend Micro. "I'm delighted to see us recognized again for doing what we do best: Protecting global organizations through innovative, cloud-first and platform-based security. We will continue to focus on offering simple, robust and industry-leading protection through our cybersecurity platform."

At the heart of the company's cybersecurity platform is Trend Micro Vision One, which delivers visibility and XDR using telemetry from Apex One in addition to email, servers, cloud workloads and networks for faster detections and investigations.

Magic Quadrant reports are a culmination of rigorous, fact-based research in specific markets, providing a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the providers in markets where growth is high and provider differentiation is distinct. Providers are positioned into four quadrants: Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players. The research enables you to get the most from market analysis in alignment with your unique business and technology needs.

* Gartner disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


About Trend Micro

Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader, helps make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Fueled by decades of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, Trend Micro's cybersecurity platform protects hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals across clouds, networks, devices, and endpoints. As a leader in cloud and enterprise cybersecurity, the platform delivers a powerful range of advanced threat defense techniques optimized for environments like AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and central visibility for better, faster detection and response. With 7,000 employees across 65 countries, Trend Micro enables organizations to simplify and secure their connected world. www.trendmicro.com.hk


#TrendMicro


CBN Issues Framework for QR Code Payments in Nigeria - Brand Spur
- Advertisement -
spot_imgspot_img

Latest News

Trend Micro Placed in 2021 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms

Recognized for Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

 

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 13 May 2021 - Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platform for its offering, Trend Micro Apex One. The evaluation was based on specific criteria that analyzed the company's overall completeness of vision and ability to execute.


Trend Micro is continually innovating and anticipating emerging threats. Our flagship Apex One endpoint protection platform features broad coverage against today's most critical threats. Our customers are protected using a range of techniques including virtual patching, which immediately protects against exploits until the vendor patch is applied.


Read the full Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platform report at: https://resources.trendmicro.com/Gartner-Magic-Quadrant-Endpoints.html

"The endpoint has become a key battleground as determined threat actors try to take advantage of the pandemic to target distributed workforces and vulnerable remote access infrastructure. But throughout this difficult period, we've been there for our customers," said Wendy Moore, vice president of product marketing for Trend Micro. "I'm delighted to see us recognized again for doing what we do best: Protecting global organizations through innovative, cloud-first and platform-based security. We will continue to focus on offering simple, robust and industry-leading protection through our cybersecurity platform."

At the heart of the company's cybersecurity platform is Trend Micro Vision One, which delivers visibility and XDR using telemetry from Apex One in addition to email, servers, cloud workloads and networks for faster detections and investigations.

Magic Quadrant reports are a culmination of rigorous, fact-based research in specific markets, providing a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the providers in markets where growth is high and provider differentiation is distinct. Providers are positioned into four quadrants: Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players. The research enables you to get the most from market analysis in alignment with your unique business and technology needs.

* Gartner disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


About Trend Micro

Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader, helps make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Fueled by decades of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, Trend Micro's cybersecurity platform protects hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals across clouds, networks, devices, and endpoints. As a leader in cloud and enterprise cybersecurity, the platform delivers a powerful range of advanced threat defense techniques optimized for environments like AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and central visibility for better, faster detection and response. With 7,000 employees across 65 countries, Trend Micro enables organizations to simplify and secure their connected world. www.trendmicro.com.hk


#TrendMicro


CBN Issues Framework for QR Code Payments in Nigeria - Brand Spur
- Advertisement -
BrandsPur Weekly Cartoons
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img