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Media centre - Background on chip and PIN - Scale of the programme

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Scale of the programme

The Chip and PIN Programme is the biggest change in the way we pay since decimalisation. To put the system into action will be a task of exceptional scale, involving not just technology changes but also a change in the payment behaviour of some 42 million cardholders and 1.5 million retail staff. The massive UK programme will see more than 850,000 retailer terminals, 122 million cards and 40,000 cash machines upgraded.

Many other countries in Europe and around the world are planning to implement the chip and PIN system, which is built to an international standard.

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