About Iberpay



Iberpay manages the Spanish payment system (Sistema Nacional de Compensación Electrónica, SNCE), a critical payment infrastructure specialized in processing, clearing and settling payment instruments to and from current accounts: credit transfers, instant credit transfers, direct debits, cheques and bills of exchange. Furthermore, as manager of the Spanish Cash Distribution System (SDA), Iberpay plays a key role in the distribution of cash to financial entities. Iberpay also provides other value-added technological and digital services related to payments.

Iberpay connects banks, companies and citizens to process and settle their payments. It fulfills a critical mission in a developed society by facilitating the circulation of funds between accounts and supporting the country’s economy. Its functions are those of an interbank clearing house.

We connect banks, bank accounts, citizens and companies to process their payments

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Iberpay is a company employing hi-tech for payment processing using its own innovative technology. Iberpay’s CICLOM platform is a critical infrastructure with high-processing-capacity technical and communication architecture, offering maximum availability, scalability and security.

Iberpay is leading the implementation of SEPA-payment standards within the Spanish financial sector. It supports its pan-European activity providing interoperability links and ensuring that Spanish entities can process their payments reaching almost all European counterparts. In addition, Iberpay is carrying out intense activity in many Latin American countries.

Iberpay processed 2,532 million payment transactions in 2021 for a total value of €2.23 trillion, with daily peaks of 25 million transactions worth €17,456 million. Iberpay averaged close on 9.9 million transactions per day, with a value of €8,671 million.

Iberpay processes instant credit transfers in Spain, ensuring that citizens and companies can make instant credit transfers, at their convenience, from and to their bank accounts, in real time and 24x7, with full guarantee and security. Since the launch of this service in November 2017, Iberpay has processed over 718 million instant credit transfers for a total value of €76 billion (up to December 2021), representing more than 43% of all credit transfers processed in the Spanish Payment System.



Government and users



Almost all banks operating in Spain use the services provided by Iberpay. 20 credit institutions participate directly and settle payments in the Spanish Payment System (SNCE) representing the rest of the banks that clear and settle retail payments in Spain.

Iberpay currently has 13 shareholding credit institutions with direct participation in the Spanish Payment System (SNCE).

For more information on the company's governing bodies, click here.

Direct Participants in the SNCE: Level of activity as of 31 December 2021

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Company services



Since its foundation in 2005, the company’s main purpose is the strategic development and operational management of the Spanish Payment System (SNCE). Its function is critical and essential for the smooth functioning of the Spanish economy, as the entire banking sector participates directly or indirectly in the system. Iberpay, from its neutral and central position, provides other services to the sector, such as:

Contribution to the sector



Iberpay maintains permanent collaboration with other key institutions, banks and companies in the financial sector both in Spain and in Europe with the aim of providing the market with harmonised sectorial payment solutions under the best technical and operational practices. Iberpay is an active collaborator in the following working groups:

 

EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK:

  • Advisory Group on Market Infrastructures on Payments (AMI-Pay)
  • European Ciber Resilience Board (ECRB)
  • Consultative Group (TIPS)
  • Partnership Progam for Euro Banknotes

 

BANCO DE ESPAÑA/ BANK OF SPAIN:

  • AMI-Pay España
  • SDA General Coordination Committee

 

COMITÉ NACIONAL DE PAGOS/ NATIONAL PAYMENTS COMMITTEE:

  • Permanent Member

 

EUROPEAN BANKING ASSOCIATION:

  • Associate Member

 

EUROPEAN PAYMENTS COUNCIL:

  • EPC Scheme Technical Player Multi-Stakeholder Group (STP MSG)
  • EPC Multi-Stakeholder Group in Request-to-Pay (RTP MSG)

 

EACHA:

  • EACHA Member and President of the board of directors
  • EACHA Technical Group
  • EACHA Innovation Group (EIG)

 

SWIFT:

  • SWIFT Spain Member and User Association

 

ALASTRIA:

  • Member of Alastria

 

DIGITAL EURO ASSOCIATION:

  • Active Member 

 

ELOCC (Latin American Meeting of Clearing House Operators):

  • Participant

Security, Business Continuity and Cyber-Resilience



Iberpay playes a critical and essential role to ensure financial stability and develop economic activity. Aware of this mission, the company incorporates best practices in adapting to international standards in the areas of Security, Business Continuity and Cyber-Resilience, through:

  • A Cybersecurity Governance and Management Framework aligned with the Eurosystem’s Resilience Strategy for the Financial Market Infrastructure and with the CPMI-IOSCO cyber resilience guide, of the Basel International Payments Bank, supervised by the Banco de España according to cyber-resilience oversight expectations (CROE) for financial market institutions.
  • An Information Security Management System, complying to the ISO 270001 standard, audited and certified annually since 2012.
  • A Business Continuity Management System, complying to the ISO 22301 standard, audited and certified annually since 2013.
  • Active participation in forums and collaborative groups within the framework of the Euro Cyber Resilience Board (ECRB), to promote initiatives to improve cyber-resilience in financial sector infrastructures.