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Communities of Practice (COPs):

MAG periodically forms Communities of Practice with merchants and other payments stakeholders to address targeted issues/opportunities. COP objectives focus on advocating for change within the payments ecosystem and/or educating merchants on changes that may impact their organizations.

MAG Committee vs. Community of Practice

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If you are interested in joining a COP, please contact the MAG.

8-Digit BINs


  • Define merchant impact due to the 8-digit BIN expansion in 2023

  • Develop a checklist for merchants to use when evaluating the impact of 8-digit BINs to their payment systems.

Meeting Frequency:

  • Every third Thursday from 3:00-4:00pm CT

Debit Routing


  • Develop a prioritized list of rules/technologies/etc. that prohibit or diminish merchants’ ability to route debit transactions to domestic networks.

  • Working with the Advocacy Committee, develop an action plan to address the priority items.

Meeting Frequency:

  • Every other Friday from 12:00-1:00pm CT

Card on File


  • Work with the networks and acquirers to clarify merchant requirements and timelines.

  • Develop best practices.

Meeting Frequency:

  • Every other Tuesday from 3:00-4:00pm CT



  • COP is currently focused  on Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) requirements, implementation, etc.

Meeting Frequency:

  • Every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00pm CT

Petro Fraud


  • Work with the networks to identify strategies to prepare for the pending Petro liability shift (October 2020).

  • Educate merchants on the potential impact of the EMV liability shift and fraud programs via flows & best practices

Meeting Frequency:

  • Every third Monday from 3:00-4:00pm CT



  • Examine existing and emerging companies, processes and methods relevant to the use of Blockchain technology in payments-related activities.

  • Provide pertinent educational material for the MAG membership’s consumption

  • Exchange ideas and understandings among MAG and other industry participants involved with the examinations. 

Meeting Frequency:

  • Second Wednesday of the month from 10:00-11:00am CT

Want to start a new Community of Practice (COP)?

The following are required to form a new COP:

  • The issue has defined objective(s) that when achieved will signify the end of the COP.
  • Issue/opportunity impacts several merchants or is a relatively common problem shared by others.  
  • You are a merchant who is willing to help lead the effort and get others engaged.