By Stuart Davis and Brett Carr

Driven by payments innovation and new regulation, 2018 is cited as the year for some of the most significant changes retail banking has seen.

At the Westminster Business Forum for Digital Payments, Adoption, Innovation and Policy Priorities, Graeme McLean (Head of Banking, Lending & Distribution at the FCA) appraised a panel and audience including legislators, innovators, and market infrastructure providers on the regulatory state of play heading into 2018.

With the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) set to apply from 13 January 2018 (see Latham’s Client Alert Understanding PSD2: Key Points to Know About the Upcoming Regime), the industry finds itself, according to McLean, just weeks away from an impending “diversification the retail banking sector has never seen before”.

Closely following the publication of the long awaited Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on Strong Customer Authentication and Secure Communication (SCA), McLean discussed PSD2, competition, and the UK’s Open Banking initiative. McLean highlighted that the transitional period applying to these standards has raised some uncertainty across the industry, and reminded those concerned to familiarise themselves with the FCA’s Approach Document and joint statement with HM Treasury, which detail the FCA’s approach to the transitional period.