Peppol is one of the hottest topics in industries who are adopting e-invoicing. There have been many governments in different countries to mandate the implementation of the framework for dictating the information exchanges between the network parties. And if your business is operating in the adopting countries, there’s a chance that you will need to use the Peppol framework too.

But, what is peppol, anyway? Why do you need to use it? What are the roles for the market?

We’d find the answer right here, right now.

Defining Peppol solution

Peppol is a standardized set of rules and specifications which govern the cross-border exchange of information. And what we mean by “information” here is usually in the form of e-procurement or official business documents. That includes invoicing, ordering, informing, sourcing, tendering, outsourcing, and so on.

It has such a long history, back to 2008, when some creators had the idea of making trade much easier between European government bodies and suppliers. It would take a long time until 2015, when Peppol officials launched the solution to the public. Initially, it was intended to smoothen the process of document exchange between public and private entities in Europe. But then, the objective switched to global.

It is critical to understand that Peppol is not a typical platform. It is a network that connects many systems that are presently used by businesses and government agencies. As a result of the Peppol design, businesses will not be forced to change all of their software. They can make electronic purchases using the same corporate resource planning tools or applications. Because the network allows all participants to do so, any participant can exchange formal documents with and between other systems that are part of the network. As a result, people who want to profit from Peppol must first join the network.

Why use Peppol?

Thanks to the pandemic in 2020, many businesses have been forced to make a digital transformation in order to maintain their process of work. Many workers are benched to working from home. While there’s no way to meet up in a physical place to sign the documents, it is highly important to leverage the perks of the technology that drives electronic document procurement.

In many cases, it has been proven that electronic invoices are more effective than paper options.

Governments across the globe are agreeing with the mandate to use e-invoicing. At the moment we wrote this post, there were about 39 countries who have participated in the network. But the number will keep increasing from time to time. It is only a matter of time until it becomes an international vehicle.

The framework of Peppol vouches for the quality of security and identification of the participants when sending and receiving electronic documents.

Both governments and private businesses have taken advantage of e-invoicing. And within this trend, Peppol has become a relatively more sensible choice for them.

The set of standards can connect to all existing systems of other businesses, entities, countries, and regions. Therefore, it is fair to say that cross-border procurement won’t be a big deal anymore since Peppol has offered an interoperable network for all of the network members.

How to connect

To exploit the features of your network, you must connect to a licensed Peppol service provider (SP). Your service provider has networked your organisation so that invoices and other electronic papers may be sent properly. To get electronic billing, you must have a Peppol ID. When a student registers, they are given an identification card, sometimes known as a unique identity number. Continue looking for and applying for website access.

Peppol BIS is a standard format that employs the lowest possible electronic document transfer infrastructure and transmission format (Specifications for Business Interoperability). Peppol BIS is a framework for organising all of the data included in electronic documents.

The Peppol Directory, often known as the network’s “yellow pages,” has a complete list of companies interested in distributing paper through the integrated network. Individuals may find and engage with one another by discovering and learning about their own digital talents through a participant directory.

Working with Peppol service providers

Peppol is a non-profit organisation made up of electronic document exchange organisations that meet on a regular basis to assure Peppol’s continued relevance.

The consortium collaborates extensively with stakeholders representing a wide range of interests, as well as representatives from the countries that signed the Peppol adoption agreement and stakeholders from various organisations and nations that have adopted Peppol. Organizations that work with authorised SPs may be confident that their electronic documents are completely compliant.

For Peppol-accredited SPs, both OpenPeppol and a particular Peppol Authority go through a rigorous qualification procedure.

This is one of the benefits of Galaxy GW’s membership in OpenPeppol. It ensures that we are always one step ahead of any modifications to the Peppol framework, allowing our clients to be unconcerned about any changes.

To conform to Peppol standards, a country must either comply with OpenPeppol’s requirements or create their own Peppol authority. A country can adopt local laws that govern regional e-document movement by creating an authority.

There are now 15 Peppol Authorities across the world, and some of them do not satisfy the requirements of OpenPeppol. There are numerous ways that laws and regulations might differ from one country to the next, including, but not limited to, the creation of distinct document types and registration with a specific SMP (service metadata publisher) or the requirement for early adoption of an AS4 communication protocol.

Businesses that rely on government regulations must modify their operations to guarantee compliance and interoperability with the regulations.

The Peppol Authority’s Responsibilities

It is the OpenPEPPOL AISBL’s organising organisation in Brussels that is in charge of creating the network’s national linkages. You contact the local AP and SMP service providers. These are the ones to keep an eye out for:

Members’ accounts must be reconciled (including altering Member Terms of Use (TOUs) for services in the case of network changes), contracts with service providers must be arranged, and Nationwide Annex 5 must be maintained on a national basis. TIAs in German can be obtained at the KoSIT website (the IT-standard coordination agency).

Peppol, in addition to aiding members with their issues, monitors members’ compliance with contractual obligations.

A Peppol authority is in responsibility of advocating the country’s interests.