Norway – Country Profile

Norway – Country Profile

National e-Procurement context

The Norwegian government has set out public sector targets for e-procurement, in alignment with broader European initiatives. Within Norway, Difi (Agency for Public Management and eGovernment) is officially empowered to develop frameworks and tools for encouraging the adoption of e-Procurement in the public sector. This mandate is supported by legislation passed in 2012, which requires that Norwegian public sector entities must utilize electronic invoicing for all procurement activities.

Since the 1st of July 2011, it became mandatory for all central government entities to receive invoices electronically in a standard format; and from the 1st of July 2012 it became mandatory for central government entities to require their suppliers to invoice them electronically using the EHF format – a national implementation of the PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS) – recommending use of the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure for business document exchange.

Norway’s e-procurement infrastructure is built around the pan-European PEPPOL standards and network, supplemented by specific national and EU-based systems. This approach helps ensure fast adoption though a high degree of compatibility with buyers’ and sellers’ existing enterprise management and procurement solutions.

Both buyers and sellers can choose to establish their own Access Point or to enter into an agreement with any of the service providers connected to the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure in Norway, or throughout Europe.

For more information about the Norwegian eProcurement infrastructure, please click here

It is expected that the use of electronic means for the automation of the pre-award procurement processes will be mandatory from 2016.


Use of PEPPOL is recommended by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.

The following PEPPOL components are in use in Norway:  e-Catalogue, e-Ordering, e-Invoicing, credit note and payment reminder, exchanged through the PEPPOL transport infrastructure.

Please click here to see the complete e-procurement process and the tools Difi provides to support it.

The use of PEPPOL–based solutions has grown steadily in Norway, registering the following results, as of December 2014:

• 41 Access Points in production
• 32.426 end-users enabled as PEPPOL receivers
• Over 12,5 ml transactions reported during 2014

Please click here to see the list of PEPPOL Access Points registered with Difi (as PEPPOL Authority).

Please click here to see the complete list of PEPPOL receivers in Norway.

eProcurement statistics in Norway.


PEPPOL Authority

Difi, the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and e-Government, is the PEPPOL Authority in Norway. Difi authorise Norwegian-registered access points and operate the ELMA registry (PEPPOL Service Metadata Publisher) containing the identities and receiving capabilities of all Norwegian public and private sector entities that communicate using the transport infrastructure.

Difi also operates a test Access Point and validation services for business messages compliant with EHF/PEPPOL BIS. In order to facilitate technology adoption, Difi offers the Oxalis open source sample implementations for PEPPOL Access Points, which are widely used by service providers across Europe.

Difi support the private sector Access Point providers and users of EHF/PEPPOL BIS through regular meetings, web pages and other means.


PEPPOL Service Metadata Publisher (SMP)

ELMA is the national PEPPOL Service Metadata Publisher (SMP) managed by Difi. The ELMA registry is used by the access points to verify the identity of individual participants, find the location of the access point where they can be reached, and to confirm their functional capabilities: the types of documents (EHF/PEPPOL BIS) or data that the participant can send or receive via the PEPPOL infrastructure.

Over 30.000 Norwegian end-users are enabled (registered in the ELMA SMP) as PEPPOL receivers.


PEPPOL support provided by the PEPPOL Authority


Onboarding support to Access Point providers

Difi has a dedicated team to support onboarding of PEPPOL Access Point providers, providing guidance about the set up and testing access point services.

Difi provides support to ICT providers across Europe:

Detailed guides are available about setting up and using the Norwegian e-procurement infrastructure:


PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements (TIA)

Click here to downalod the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements provided by Difi can be found here:


Testing and Conformance

As part of the on-boarding activities, Difi provides support and tools for  testing, validation and conformance to the PEPPOL specifications and to EHF format.


How to test your PEPPOL Access Point

Click here to learn how to test an access point and collect the data necessary for the authorisation process:


How to validate an XML sample
Please see:


Contact points

Access Points:
EHF format:
ELMA Registry:
Electronic invoicing:

Representative: Olav Astad Kristiansen, Difi


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