Revised standards - Excessive Fraud Merchant compliance program

Mastercard 01/11/2019

What’s changing?

MasterCard will update the Excessive Fraud Merchant (EFM) compliance program in order to include two compliance frameworks.

One framework will be used for regulated countries, the other for non-regulated countries¹.

The EFM program will monitor the total amount of fraud as well as the number of transactions authenticated through 3D Secure (3DS). Merchants will be considered non-compliant when all the following conditions are met:

  • The total USD amount of fraud-related chargebacks in a given month exceeds USD 50,000.
  • The total number of fraud chargebacks exceeds 50 basis points.
  • The percentage of monthly clearing volume processed using 3DS is lower than 10 percent in non-regulated countries, or lower than 50 percent in regulated countries.

This program doesn’t apply to merchants in Germany, Liechtenstein, St. Helena, and Switzerland.

What does the change mean?

The EFM Compliance Program measures compliance at the merchant ID (MID) level. It will send the notifications and potential financial assessments to the acquirer which are ultimately passed on to merchants.

How will this affect you?

For merchants in regulated countries, it will be particularly important to deploy EMV 3DS, which will contribute to their ability to ensure effective fraud prevention policies and procedures are in place.

Financial assessments received by Payvision as part of the EFM will ultimately be passed on to merchants.

Number of months above threshold Assessment
1 0
2 EUR 500
3 EUR 1,000
4 to 6 EUR 5,000
7 to 11 EUR 25,000
12 to 18 EUR 50,000
19+ EUR 100,000

Effective date

  • October 1, 2020

¹ Regulated countries are countries where there is a legal or regulatory requirement for Strong Customer Authentication (SCA)

Regulated countries    
Austria Gibraltar Netherlands
Belgium Greece Norway
Bulgaria Hungary Poland
Croatia Iceland Portugal
Cyprus Island Romania
Czech Republic Italy Slovakia
Denmark Latvia Slovenia
Estonia Lithuania Spain
Finland Luxembourg Sweden
France Malta United Kingdom


Non-regulated countries    
Albania Israel Serbia
Andorra Kazakhstan Tajikistan
Armenia Kosovo Turkey
Azerbaijan Kyrgyztan Turkmenistan
Belarus Macedonia Ukraine
Bosnia and Herzegovina Moldova Uzbekistan
Channel Islands Montenegro Vatican City
Georgia Russian Federation Isle of Man
San Marino