RBI announces new guidelines for QR Codes

A host of new guidelines have been made by the central bank in regards to QR code.

Oct 23, 2020 05:10 IST India Infoline News Service

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to continue UPI QR and Bharat QR as at present, after examining recommendations and feedback on Quick Response (QR) Codes. A host of new guidelines have been made by the central bank in regards to QR code.

RBI on Thursday said, "As you are aware, Reserve Bank had constituted a Committee (Chairperson: Prof Deepak Phatak) to review the current system of Quick Response (QR) Codes in India and suggest measures for moving towards interoperable QR Codes. The report of the Committee containing various recommendations was placed on the Reserve Bank website for public comments and feedback."

Here's what RBI has decided as per the notification:

1. The two interoperable QR codes in existence – UPI QR and Bharat QR – shall continue as at present.

2. Payment System Operators (PSOs) that use proprietary QR codes shall shift to one or more interoperable QR codes; the process of migration shall be completed by March 31, 2022.

3. No new proprietary QR codes shall henceforth be launched by any PSO for any payment transaction.

4. RBI shall continue a consultative process to standardise and improve interoperable QR codes, to enable beneficial features identified by the Phatak Committee.

5. PSOs may take initiative to increase awareness about interoperable QR codes.

On the above measures, RBI added, "are expected to reinforce the acceptance infrastructure, provide better user convenience due to interoperability and enhance system efficiency."

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