Card processing networks act as an intermediary between an acquirer and an issuer in the authorization of credit card and/or debit card transactions. Card Networks offer important services to Acquirers and their merchant clients by their participation in SIGIS through the authorization of FSA/HRA debit card transactions and ensuring they meet the IIAS requirements. Card Networks also ensure Card Issuer’s and Plan Administrators that IIAS transactions are only generated from a Certified Merchant.
Networks have access to the following programs once a SIGIS membership is established:
SIGIS requires any network that uses and supports the SIGIS Technical Specification to process IIAS transactions to become certified.
To become certified a Network must complete the Network Self-Assessment Certification form and a technical testing checklist. Once the certification form and checklist are completed, the Network will submit it to SIGIS for approval. A Network will not be permitted to claim that it supports IIAS transactions using the SIGIS standard until it has been certified to the IIAS standards developed and approved by SIGIS. Key components that a Network must support are:
SIGIS provides additional support through our Help Desk that is available to answer any questions regarding the programs listed above.