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Are acquirers considered service providers for the purpose of PCI DSS Requirements 12.8?

Barclaycard Payment Solutions (BPS) is an entity that acquires a merchant’s payment transactions, and is defined as an acquirer by payment Card Schemes.  BPS is not considered, in its capacity as an acquirer, a service provider for that particular merchant’s PCI DSS compliance for the purpose of Requirement 12.8.

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