Frequently Asked Question

Is a "P2PE Assessor" required for a merchant's PCI DSS assessment if the merchant uses a Council-listed P2PE solution?

No, merchants using PCI-listed P2PE solutions are not required to engage a P2PE assessor [that is, a QSA (P2PE) or PA-QSA (P2PE)] for their PCI DSS assessments.
Merchants should contact their acquirer (merchant bank) or payment brand(s) directly to understand their PCI DSS validation requirements. See FAQ 1142 How do I contact the payment card brands? for information regarding contacting the payment brands.
Merchants wishing to engage a QSA for their PCI DSS review can find a list of QSAs on the PCI Council website -

Last updated: June 2016
Originally published: October 2012
Article Number: 1163

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