The U.S. Payments Forum (the “Forum”) membership includes global payments networks, financial institutions, merchants, processors, acquirers, domestic debit networks, industry associations and industry suppliers. Topic areas the Forum engages in include tokenization, card-not-present transactions, fraud, encryption, mobile and contactless payments, and ongoing issues with EMV.


To enable cross-industry stakeholders to openly exchange expertise and information to solve problems and help realize innovations that make payments more efficient, simple, and secure.


To foster open dialogue between industry stakeholders to enable efficient, timely and effective implementation of emerging and existing payment technologies through education, guidance, and alternative paths to adoption.


The U.S. Payments Forum resulted from the expansion of the charter and activities of the EMV Migration Forum, which was formed by the Smart Card Alliance (now known as the Secure Technology Alliance) in 2012 to support the industry cooperation and alignment of the move from magnetic stripe technology to more secure EMV contact and contactless technology. The transition of the organization to the U.S. Payments Forum took place in August 2016.

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