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E1: 74: Belgium Requirement for a Structured Communication Reference Number to be Added to the SEPA Bank Payments (Doc ID 2866090.1)

Last updated on APRIL 29, 2022

Applies to:

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Accounts Payable - Version 9.2 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


 Currently for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application there is no option to add a Structured Communication Reference number to SEPA payments made in Belgium.

There is a requirement for some Belgium SEPA Payments to include a unique Structured Communication Reference number, which needs to be added to the SEPA bank payments. The number is being found on the supplier invoice and will be different for each expected SEPA payment being make.

It is a requirement in Belgium, that if a Structured Communication Reference number is getting provided for a payment, then it must be printed on the bank file.

It is not an actual legal requirement but a local standard for Belgium, see the attachment for more details. The document is produced by Febelfin, the federation of the Belgian financial sector, that represents 259 members and reconciles their interests with those of policy makers, supervisors, professional federations and interest groups on a national and a European level.

The request is that on the resulting Belgium SEPA XML file, under the < CdtrRefInf> tag, if having <Issr>BBA</Issr>, then the <Ref> tag to contain the value of the Structured Communication Reference number, to enforce the use of the Belgian structured communication.

The Structured Communication Reference number should be on 12 digits, with the last two digits being the modulo (Euclidean remainder) of the 10 first digits divided by 97.

For SEPA bank payments made in Belgium, one of the following values may be used as Issuer:

- BBA Belgian Bankers’ and Stock broking Firms’ Association

- ISO International Organization for Standardization

If BBA is used, the Creditor Reference contains the Belgian 12 digits structured communication, with the last 2 digits as check digits (modulo 97) of the first 10 digits, but if the result is 0 then the check digits are 97.

Issuer is to be used only if Belgian Structured Communication or ISO Structured Reference is used.





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