All cheques for use in the clearing process in the UK must be produced by Pay.UK accredited printers. This means there is much greater quality control in the paper, ink and the security features used in cheque production.
A key objective of the Cheque Printer Accreditation Scheme (CPAS) is to ensure that the specified quality and security standards for printing cheques are maintained, in order to:
- Provide a significant prevention measure against fraudulent attack on business and personal cheques; and
- Maximise operational efficiency in the cheque clearings.
List of accredited cheque printers
All accredited cheque printers must be certified to ISO 27001, and to the Audit Standard for Cheque Printers-Standard 55, and are required to print cheques in accordance with Standard 3.1 Automated Processing of Vouchers (Debits), together with Standard 3.3 Automated Processing of Vouchers (Technical).
We have produced guidelines specifically for our CPAS members explaining more about the Scheme and the important role that members play in preventing fraud. There are also a series of best practice guidelines for cheque printers and business users of cheques, which contain advice to ensure the security and print quality of cheques and help protect them from fraud.