Common questions about Third Party Services

Under Open Banking, organisations other than your bank (called Third Party Providers) can have access to your account with your permission. Find out all you need to know here.

What is a Third Party Provider?

Third Party Providers (known as TPPs) are Payment Service Providers (PSPs) that may use APIs to access your accounts with your permission.

To make use of these TPP services, you will need to give your permission to the TPP. A TPP cannot access your account without your permission.

AISPs and PISPs are types of TPP. You can find out  more here


 Acronym   Service    Description 
 AISP   Account  Information   Service  Provider    An AISP allows you to gather information from one or more of your payment accounts, which may be held with different banks, in  one place. An AISP may provide you with consolidated or aggregated account information. 
 API   Application   Programming Interface   An API is a set of tools that allow apps to communicate with each other. In Open Banking the APIs will allow TPPs & ASPSPs (see below) to communicate with each other and exchange data and instructions in a safe and secure manner. 
 ASPSP   Account Servicing Payment Service Provider   An ASPSP is a PSP (see below) that provides and maintains a payment account for a customer. This includes banks and building societies. AIB is an example of an ASPSP. 
 PISP   Payment Initiation Service Provider   A PISP allows you to make payments directly from your bank account instead of using a debit or credit card 
 PSP   Payment Service Provider   A PSP is an entity which carries out payment services. Examples of payment services may be AISPs and PISPs. 


 TPP   Third Party Provider   A TPP is an authorised/registered payment service provider. There are different types of TPPs outlined above, namely AISPS, CBPIIs and PISPs. 
 SCA   Strong Customer Authentication   SCA is an extra security layer. You may have used or seen this on other websites called Two Factor Authentication, and it helps fight fraud by strengthening your existing login details. SCA is required from September 14th 2019.