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Approval and accreditation schemes

The UK Cards Association operates a number of accreditation and approval schemes, namely:

Card Protection Agency (CPA) accreditation scheme

Card Protection Agencies provide consumers with a card registration service. In the event that a card is lost or stolen, the consumer can stop all their cards and order replacements through the CPA. 

The UK Cards Association ensures that those Card Protection Agencies seeking accreditation meet minimum security requirements for the safe storage, processing and handling of valuable cardholder data.

To find out more information about Card Protection Agencies click here.

PIN mailer security accreditation scheme

The UK Cards Association maintains a security standard for bank card PIN mailers used in the UK, and operates an accreditation scheme for PIN mailer stationery and PIN mailer printing services. The aim of the scheme is to ensure that PIN mailers are secure. 

External laboratories are used for evaluating PIN mailer products and services. We accredit suppliers who meet this scheme’s requirements and whose products and services are successfully evaluated.

A list of accredited suppliers, products and services can be downloaded below

Suppliers can make enquiries by emailing

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