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Payments Council

The Smart Card Alliance Payments Council focuses on facilitating the adoption of chip-enabled payments and payment applications in the U.S. through education programs for consumers, merchants, issuers, acquirers/processors, government regulators, mobile telecommunications providers and payments service providers. The group is bringing together payments industry stakeholders, including payments industry leaders, merchants and suppliers, and is working on projects related to implementing EMV, contactless payments, NFC-enabled payments and applications, mobile payments, and chip-enabled e-commerce. The Council’s primary goal is to inform and educate the market about the value of chip-enabled payments in improving the security of the payments infrastructure and in enhancing the value of payments and payment-related applications for industry stakeholders.

The Payments Council’s projects include web seminars and conference workshops, as well as research projects, white papers, case studies and other educational resources.

Payments Council Resources


Visit the EMV Connection web site for additional resources on EMV from both the Smart Card Alliance and the U.S. Payments Forum and for easy-to-use resources on chip cards for consumers, merchants and issuers.

Mobile / NFC

Contactless Payments

U.S. Payments Industry


Council Management

The Council is managed by a steering committee composed of a cross section of the financial payments industry.

Steering committee officers are:

Current steering committee members are:

Council Membership

The Payments Council is one of several Smart Card Alliance Technology and Industry Councils, a new type of focused group within the overall structure of the Alliance. Council participation is open to any Smart Card Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.

The Smart Card Alliance recognizes the top three individual contributors in each of the industry councils and the council “honor roll” – the individuals who were leading contributors and participants in the council projects and activities.

Smart Card Alliance members who are active in the Payments Council include:

For more information about the Payments Council or for more information on becoming a member of the Alliance, please contact the Alliance office via email at [email protected] or via telephone at (800) 556-6828.