Shared Infrastructure Programme

The Shared Infrastructure Programme defines operational standards for third-party service bureaux offering SWIFT connectivity - ensuring quality, security and reliability.

How to register as a SWIFT service bureau

If you’re a service bureau providing third-party connectivity to SWIFT, you’ll need to register under our Shared Infrastructure Programme.

The Shared Infrastructure Programme is governed by a legal framework that consists of the Shared Infrastructure Programme Policy and the Shared Infrastructure Programme Terms and Conditions.

Read the Shared Infrastructure Programme Policy here. It governs the relationship between SWIFT and the end-user of a Service Bureau.

Read the Shared Infrastructure Programme Terms and Conditions here. It governs the relationship between SWIFT and the Service Bureaux and sets out the eligibility criteria for admission, roles and responsibilities, and legal, financial and operational requirements.

Please follow the steps below to register as a service bureau:

1. Complete and submit the registration form

The first step for a legal entity wishing to register as a SWIFT service bureau is to complete and submit the registration form.

2. Compliance check against business eligibility criteria

Upon receipt of the application form, SWIFT will make a first assessment of compliance with the business eligibility criteria, as defined in the Shared Infrastructure Programme Terms and Conditions.  

3. Compliance check against legal and financial criteria

Following a positive first assessment, we will invite the applicant to submit the required additional documentation for legal and financial compliance checks.

4. Compliance check against operational criteria

Following a positive assessment of the legal and financial criteria, an operational compliance check will be completed. The scope of this compliance check will depend on the operational practice level (Standard or Premier) selected by the applicant.

5. Certification of SWIFT skills

The service bureau will also be required to successfully certify two specialists for SWIFT on-boarding and two specialists for SWIFT connectivity and interfaces knowledge.