The Electronic Transactions Association is the leading trade association for the payments industry, representing over 500 companies worldwide involved in electronic transaction processing products and services. The purpose of ETA is to influence, monitor and shape the payments industry by providing leadership through education, advocacy and the exchange of information.

ETA’s membership spans the breadth of the payments industry to include independent sales organizations (ISOs), payments networks, financial institutions, transaction processors, mobile payments products and services, payments technologies, and software providers (ISV) and hardware suppliers. ETA member companies touch, enrich and improve the lives of every consumer by making the global flow of commerce possible.


ETA is the international trade association serving the needs of organizations offering payment technology products/services.

The association began in 1990 as the Bankcard Services association (with fewer than 20 people from the industry gathering to discuss ways to develop a credible voice within the industry). In 1996, the group realized the need to broaden its scope of industry representation and changed its name to the Electronic Transactions Association. ETA is now an association with over 500 member companies in 30 countries.

ETA’s stated mission is to fully serve its members and advance their profession by providing leadership through education, advocacy and the exchange of information.


ETA’s envisioned future is: to be the global leader in facilitating the growth and success of our members and the electronic transactions industry.


ETA sponsors 12-15 meetings and events each year. Please take a look at the Conferences and Events tab for details. TRANSACT, ETA’s annual meeting and tradeshow, attracts 4000+ attendees each spring, the Strategic Leadership Forum is the idea sharing, strategy-focused event for the C-suite scheduled in the fall, and the four TRANSACT Tech events are held in technology hubs around the U.S. to learn about the latest in technology and payments. These meetings, in addition to our one-day events on Capitol Hill, enable attendees to meet with other key decision-makers in the industry, gain new insights and explore the latest products and services.

ETA’s commitment to advancing the electronic payments industry is evident in the scope of its educational offerings. As the electronic transactions industry continues to evolve, so do ETA’s educational programs and the ETA University. Its offerings have and will continue to respond to industry evolution.

ETA excels in providing valuable communication tools and programs, including:

  • This website which features the most current information on ETA, its members and events, and industry news.
  • The annual meetings which feature educational programming, industry exhibitions, media contacts and networking opportunities.
  • Transaction Trends print magazine, the industry’s leading professional publication, providing the latest must-have information on a bi-monthly basis.
  • Transaction Trends weekly newsletter, an executive summary of noteworthy articles pertaining to electronic transaction issues distributed every Thursday to ETA members.

ETA is dedicated to providing full and effective industry representation for each and every one of its members by providing a credible, unified voice within the industry. ETA strives to effect change within the industry by providing a conduit to other associations, card companies, and governmental agencies to work on industry issues.


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