Beginning in 2017, all new Level 4 merchants were required to use only Payment Card Industry (PCI)-certified QIR solutions providers for POS application and terminal installation and integration.
With all the talk about EMV, PCI and Security requirements have taken a back seat when talking about accepting credit cards at a business.
Did you know that any merchant installing a PA-DSS (payment application should be using a company that is a PCI-certified QIR professional? The Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) is the global security standard created by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC).
An acquirer will not be allowed to board a merchant as of March 31st 2016 if they are not installed by a QIR. (An acquiring bank, or acquirer, is a bank or financial institution that processes credit or debit card payments on behalf of a merchant.)