Post-Award ‘BIS’ Specifications and Guidelines

Post-Award ‘BIS’ Specifications and Guidelines

In this page you will find the PEPPOL BIS Specifications in the following sections:


Current Mandatory Release

Current Specifications

Validation artefacts

Planned Releases

Previous Versions


Current Mandatory Release

Published: 08-05-2018

Mandatory from: 14-05-2018 12:00 CEST


Release notes: Release notes for openPEPPOL_spring2018

Full release package as zip: Spring Release 2018

Please implement support as soon as possible.


PEPPOL Migration Policy 


Current PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS)

Below you can find a full list of the current PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS) updated with the latest release. The use of the listed PEPPOL BIS is mandatory, and formally approved by the OpenPEPPOL Managing Committee. and

PEPPOL BIS Common text and introduction

PEPPOL BIS 1A Catalogue Only

PEPPOL BIS 3A Order Only



PEPPOL BIS 18A Punch Out

PEPPOL Punch Out Login & Transmission Specification

PEPPOL BIS 28A Ordering

PEPPOL BIS 30A Despatch Advice

PEPPOL BIS 36A Message Level Response

PEPPOL BIS 42A Order Agreement


PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0.1

The PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0.1 is now published, together with the migration plan.

The documents to be reviewed can be accessed here:



Migration plan:

PEPPOL Validation:

Mapping UBL-CII:


Please note that this PEPPOL BIS is based on EN16931, and the specification will be a Core Invoice Usage Specification (CIUS) of EN16931. We strongly recommend to buy a copy of EN16931-1:2017 and corresponding syntax binding from your national standardisation body.

Information on document identifiers and registration in the SMP will be published shortly.


OpenPEPPOL Validation Artefacts

The current version of the  Validation artefacts  for all transactions in a single zip file updated with latest release.

Validation artefacts are the tools that help parties and service providers to comply with the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements (TIA) as they help to ensure the contents of the exchanged document instances in the PEPPOL network are valid both from a syntactical and a semantic point of view. These business rules check for the correctness of the coded values, co-occurrence constraints or calculations. It is therefore necessary to use them before submitting documents to the network, in order to ensure the overall quality of exchanged electronic documents, and thus the overall performance of the nework.


Planned Releases

Message Level Response BIS 36A – 200 (for review)

Invoice BIS 3.0, aligned to EN 16931

SMM_PEPPOL Invoice Pre Study v1 Final

PEPPOL BIS Rules to EN gap analysis wd2

Invoice Message Response BIS


Earlier releases of Validation Artefacts

Can be found at: OpenPEPPOL Validation Artefacts


Testing and Validation support:

Guideline on validation of XML: ICT-PostAward-BIS_Validation_Artifacts-200.pdf

PEPPOL testing for Post-Award implementations: ICT-PostAward-Conformance_Guideline-301.pdf