What is Peppol?
Peppol is a reliable and effective communications network that has been successful in harmonizing communications between companies from different countries.
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Originally, Peppol was designed to make public procurement between companies and administrations more interoperable in a European context, facilitating the operations between suppliers and public administrations throughout Europe. It was not for nothing that the acronym of the system was based on the definition "Pan European Public Procurement On Line".
Today Peppol has transcended European borders and has become a system adopted by countries such as Australia, Japan and Singapore.
Its scope extends beyond the interaction between companies and public administrations, consolidating itself as a transversal communications network widely adopted in both B2B and B2G environments, allowing global interoperability and integrating transactions exchanged between partners around the world.
What is openPeppol?
OpenPeppol is an international non-profit organization responsible for the development and maintenance of the Peppol specifications.
It has public and private members with the idea of ensuring interoperability in public procurement and B2B environments, with the goal of contributing to the development of a global digital marketplace.
What objectives does PEPPOL have?
Solve the problem of interoperability in e-procurement and promote transparency.
Automate business processes, both with the public and private sectors.
Help companies, especially SMEs, to become more competitive globally.
Achieve a single digital Marketplace
Peppol is built on 3 essential pillars:
Peppol Network (Peppol Transport Infrastructure)
It is an infrastructure with multiple interconnected nodes that enable public and private procurement processes worldwide. These are the components of the Peppol infrastructure:
Access Points (APs): Access points must be certified by OpenPeppol. Specific protocols and defined standards are used to conform the electronic documents. Any transaction issued from an AP must be received by another AP, so that communication through this infrastructure can only be done via Access Points.
Service Metadata Publisher (SMP): It is a decentralized registry that provides information about the access points and types of messages that a Peppol recipient can receive. These services contain the addresses and available metadata of users connected to the Peppol network.
Service Metadata Locator (SML): Central register that defines the SMP containing the information of each partner in an electronic data interchange. Each partner has a unique identifier in the form of a URL through which the Access Points locate the SMP and the access point to the receiver of the transaction.
Peppol Interoperability Specifications (BIS - Business Interoperability Agreements)
The standard adopted by the Peppol Network is known as Peppol-UBL, which is a variant of the "Universal Business Language" developed in XML.
Peppol has developed a series of interoperability specifications between companies to standardize the exchange of documents: electronic catalogs, purchase orders, shipping notices and electronic invoices. These requirements are set out in the Peppol-BIS (Business Interoperability Specifications) document, based on the analysis of the CEN BII (CEN Workshop on Business Interoperability Interfaces).
Agreements and Legal Frameworks (Peppol Transport Infrastructure Agreements)
These are agreements between the parties involved in the infrastructure to implement the Peppol specifications. The agreements will ensure that the parties involved in the network act responsibly and transparently in the interest of the community. The SMLs and SMPs are designed to provide users with all the information they need to complete the exchange processes correctly.