NACHA Operating Rules & Guidelines
The NACHA Operating Rules & Guidelines (Rules) is the premier source of information governing the exchange and settlement of transactions through the ACH Network. The Rules are fully updated annually to include new Rule amendments approved prior to the time of publication.
The NACHA Operating Rules comes in two editions, with four formats offered for each.
Regular - for financial institutions, third-party processors and payment providers. Includes the NACHA Operating Rules & Guidelines.
Corporate - for companies involved with ACH transactions. This edition helps to identify new opportunities to leverage the ACH Network for business-to-business and customer-to-business payments.
The Rules are part of the Regular and Corporate editions and include the legal framework for the ACH Network, and the basic obligations of each ACH Network participant. Additionally, the included appendices contain details on Rules enforcement, annual audit requirements, a complete table of return reason codes and formatting specifications.
The Guidelines expands on the Rules, providing complete discussions of each ACH Network participant type and its role and responsibilities, detailed overviews of the Standard Entry Class Codes and use-case examples in special topic areas, such as Third-Party Service Providers. The Regular edition Guidelines is topped off by appendices containing samples of required forms and disclosures, as well as quick reference charts.
The full Guidelines are included with the Regular edition. The Corporate edition contains excerpts from the Guidelines that are important to businesses such as the Originator role and obligations, as well as detailed overviews of the Standard Entry Class Codes.
Online - The electronic version of the Rules. Introducing a new full HTML site with responsive design. The Rules are divided into sections for easy browsing and content searches. The site is fully searchable by phrase and keyword, with additional "go to page" functionality. Printing capabilities have been added. Users have the ability to bookmark and save searches. Includes limited copying and pasting functionality. Access to the 2018 Rules Online runs from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Only the paid subscription contains the Guidelines and special features.
Print Book - Spiral-bound for easier use. Each purchase through December 21, 2017, will include a subscription code for additional Online access. Books purchased after December 21 will not include the subscription code. Add a set of Rule Book Tabs to simplify finding frequently referenced sections.
Digital Access via App - Provides access to the digital Adobe-based format (read-only) on up to two devices - anywhere, any time. Includes search and bookmark functionality. Once subscription code is redeemed within the App, content is available with no internet connection required. App can be used on PC or Mac, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
CD - A searchable, read-only format packaged in a cardboard, 4-panel, 5 1/4" square self-mailer sleeve. Each purchase includes a subscription code for additional Online access. The 2018 Rules on CD will not be available for sale from WesPay or NACHA after Thursday, October 26, 2017. There are no exceptions. Order early!