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ISO 20022
Universal financial industry message scheme

Business application header (BAH)

This section gives access to the description of the ISO 20022 Business Application Header (BAH) version 3, maintained by the ISO 20022 Technical Support Group and approved by the Cross SEG Harmonisation Group (CSH) on 07 March 2022.

The Business Application Header is a header that has been defined by the ISO 20022 community, that can form part of an ISO 20022 business message. Specifically, the BAH is an ISO20022 message definition (head.001.001.0x) which can be combined with any other ISO20022 message definition to form a business message.
It gathers together, in one place, data about the message, such as which organisation has sent the business message, which organisation should be receiving it, the identity of the message itself, a reference for the message and so on.  
The purpose of the BAH is to provide a consistent and predictable way for this data to be conveyed with the message, regardless of implementation factors such as the choice of network. This does not prevent such data being conveyed either within the ISO 20022 message definition itself, or as part of a network header.

You can find the documentation for the BAH in the catalogue of messages.

FAQ about the Business Application Header (BAH)

Frequent question about the BAH

Business Application Header Documentation

You can find the documentation for the BAH in the catalogue of messages.

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