PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement OnLine) can be described as an electronic transport infrastructure allowing governments and companies to connect their IT systems and reliably exchange data and business documents. A common agreement on cross border procurement processes, implemented through open standards, makes this possible.
PEPPOL supports the use of UBL 2.1 documents and so called Business Interoperability Interface (BII) profiles. A BII (Business Interoperability Interfaces) is a specification of how one or more business processes, such as ordering or invoicing, are executed.

PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS)

The PEPPOL Business Interoperability Interface (BII) profiles are designed to facilitate effective public procurement solutions with focus on cross-border interoperability and closing the gap between systems built on UN/CEFACT and OASIS/UBL The PEPPOL BII profiles can be seen as “agreements” on message contents and business processes. Organisations being compliant to a particular profile can make e-business with each other while the profile descriptions are lowering the need of detailed bilateral agreements between the trading partners. Compliance to a profile is measured e.g. against the sequence of transactions, a ”core” transaction data model and business rules defined or referenced by the profile.

EHF Billing 3.0/PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0

From April 18, 2019 the updated PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0) based on EN16931, and the specification is a compliant Core Invoice Usage Specification (CIUS) of EN16931 become mandatory, to align with the enforcement of the new invoicing directive.

From April 1, 2019 the use of the new EHF Billing 3.0/PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0 is mandatory within the public Sector of Norway.

Necessary updates and transformations between old PEPPOL BIS version 2 and new PEPPOL BIS version 3 to support the implementation of:

  • the Directive 2014/55/EU on electronic invoicing and
  • the eGovernment Program - Digital Agenda 2015-2016 for Norway

have been implemented with financial support from the European Union so that customers transacting electronic invoices via the IBX Business network can lean back and continue their business without interruptions. The old PEPPOL BIS Invoice 4a and Billing 5a, version 2 will be supported as optional standards until December 31, 2019.
Co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union