What is PEPPOL?Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line
What is PEPPOL?
PEPPOL is an infrastructure or a network for the exchange of electronic business documents relating
to e-commerce and e-procurement, primarily between public sector organisations and
their suppliers. PEPPOL was created in 2008 as an EU project by the European Commission and 21
interest groups from 11 countries within the EU. The aim was to facilitate the
development of e-commerce in Europe.
PEPPOL was run by the European Commission up until August 2012. From September
2012, PEPPOL has been administered by the non-profit organisation OpenPEPPOL, which
works to develop the standards and specifications defined by PEPPOL. OpenPEPPOL
is composed of over hundred members representing the public and private sectors
in Europe. Companies and organisations that need to communicate electronically can connect to
PEPPOL, to reach all buyers and all suppliers connected to the PEPPOL network, both in
their own country and internationally. PEPPOL currently supports the following document
types: price catalogues, orders, order responses, despatch advices and invoices.
Document Centric Solutions – a Certified Access Point Provider
Document Centric Solutions is a Certified PEPPOL Access Point Provider that enables the transfer of business documents, such as orders and invoices, over the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure.
A PEPPOL Access Point (AP) can be considered as a ‘gateway’ or ‘bridge’ between the open PEPPOL community and your local eProcurement community or solution.
A PEPPOL AP is a software service operated by a PEPPOL AP Provider that enables transfer of business documents, such as orders and invoices, over the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure. A PEPPOL AP is formally defined as a BusDox Access Point operated according to the rules and regulations set forth by the PEPPOL Coordinating Authority and/or the PEPPOL Authority.
The PEPPOL governance model for the Transport Infrastructure is based on the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements.