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 3 sections:


Current Release (mandatory)

Up-coming Release – for review

Previous Versions


PEPPOL Migration Policy 


Current release

Last Update: 10-04-2017


PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS)

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


PEPPOL BIS Common text and introduction

PEPPOL BIS 1A Catalogue Only

PEPPOL BIS 3A Order Only



PEPPOL BIS 18A Punch Out

PEPPOL BIS 28A Ordering

PEPPOL BIS 30A Despatch Advice

PEPPOL BIS 36A Message Level Response

PEPPOL BIS 42A Order Agreement


Up-coming Release – for review

The fall release package has now been published for release and mandatory. The fall release includes new validation package, updated BIS documents and release notes, see the links below.


New Release Package (save the zip-file locally to review it).

Release notes for openPEPPOL-VA-V3.4.0_RC1.pdf



20170401- PEPPOL_BIS_18A-100_final.pdf

20170401- PEPPOL_BIS_42A-100_final.pdf

PEPPOL Punch Out Login ^0 Transmission Specification v1 finaldraft.pdf


Time plan:

Publish date: Monday 10th of April 2017

Deadline for submitting comments is 04-05-2017

Monday 15th of May 2017 12:00 CEST: Publish for release and Mandatory use.

Please implement support for the release as soon as possible.


As communicated earlier the date of mandatory use is Wednesday 15th of November 2016 at 12:00 CET. Please implement support for the release as soon as possible.


OpenPEPPOL Validation Artefacts

The current version of the validation artefacts


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.


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