The Extended Industry Sorting Code Directory (EISCD)
The EISCD is a comprehensive database of payments-related information for financial institutions participating in the UK payment schemes: Bacs*, CHAPS, Cheque and Credit Clearing and Faster Payments. The directory is updated weekly, and is available on a subscription basis from VocaLink. More details can be found on VocaLink’s website.
Why up-to-date sort code data is important
- The sort code data used by the UK payments industry is updated constantly to reflect bank and other financial institution changes.
- In keeping with the UK payments industry’s commitment to ensuring payment efficiency, the Sort Code Checker has been developed to help personal and corporate customers alike and is for the use of both personal and corporate customers.
- It is important because using out of date information can mean payments are delayed or aren’t processed, and could mean extra costs for businesses, individuals and banks who need to fix the problem.
- Alongside the Sort Code Checker, the trade organisation, Payments UK has introduced best practice guidelines recommending businesses and banks refresh their reference data weekly and smaller businesses do so at least monthly.
- The Sort Code Checker is provided for informational purposes only. Whilst every effort is made to provide accurate data, users acknowledge that the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company accepts no liability whatsoever with respect to its accuracy.
- Only your bank can confirm the services that are available to you. If you are making an important payment, which is time critical, we recommend that you speak to your bank first to confirm the services on off to you.
- Individual sort codes are allocated by members of the UK payment schemes (Bacs, CHAPS, Cheque and Credit Clearing and Faster Payments) to those financial institutions that participate in one or more of the schemes.
- *Some types of savings & investment accounts cannot accept Direct Debit instructions, for more information regarding individual accounts, we recommend that you speak to your bank or building society.