STEP1 Participants

A bank needs to fulfil the following criteria to be able to participate in the STEP1 Service:

  • be authorised to conduct banking business
  • participate in the STEP1 Service from its registered address or a branch located in the EU 
  • be a member of the Euro Banking Association. Neither a minimum credit rating nor a minimum of own funds are required to participate in the service. 

STEP1 Sub-Participants

In order to qualify as a sub-participant in STEP1, a bank has to be 

  • established in an EEA location
  • a consolidated affiliate of a participant in the STEP1 Service, as evidenced by the accounts of the participant

Participants may also include branches as sub-addresses.

Joining windows

Joining windows for STEP1 are available on a monthly basis, respecting the following timeline:

Joining process
Joining process

Future change dates

The following dates are agreed with SWIFT for changes to STEP1 provisioning. This includes the connection of new participants to the systems and the addition of sub-participants as sub-addresses.  

  • 10 January 2022
  • 7 February 2022
  • 7 March 2022
  • 4 April 2022
  • 9 May 2022
  • 6 June 2022
  • 4 July 2022
  • 8 August 2022
  • 5 September 2022
  • 3 October 2022
  • 7 November 2022
  • 5 December 2022