This information document outlines answers to frequently asked questions about the PEPPOL protocol.
PEPPOL, which stands for Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line, is an EDI (electronic data interchange) protocol, designed to simplify the purchase-to-pay process between government bodies and suppliers. Put simply, PEPPOL facilitates electronic ordering, invoicing and shipping between government organisations and private companies.
PEPPOL isn’t an e-procurement, or e-invoicing system. PEPPOL is a set of open technical specifications that facilitate interoperability and trading between connected parties. Connection to the PEPPOL network is via a PEPPOL access point, typically a service provided by an e-invoicing or e-procurement solution provider.
The interoperability afforded by the common PEPPOL standard means that businesses and government organisations, using entirely different procurement, invoicing and shipping systems (or service providers) will be able to connect seamlessly. Where procurement, invoicing or shipping solutions are delivered by a service provider, they are prohibited from charging extra fees for the PEPPOL connection, as part of that service.
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