Pre-Award Specifications and Guidelines

Pre-Award Specifications and Guidelines


In this page you will find the Peppol BIS Specifications for the Pre-Award community:

  • Below you can find a full list of the current Peppol Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS) for the Pre-Award area.
  • The listed Peppol BIS are formally approved by the OpenPeppol Managing Committee and the pre-award community.

The 2021 November release of the Peppol pre-award artefacts (BIS documents and validation artefacts) has been published on 2021-12-17. The release from Peppol includes new profile identifiers and specification identifiers and new scheme identifiers for electronic addresses and parties used in BIS P001 – P005. Corresponding Peppol solutions that implement these BISs should be updated once the release is published. Additionally, the profiles P006 – Search Notices, P007 – Tender Withdrawal, P008 – Publish Notice and P009 – Notify Awarding have been added to the eTendering context. Due to the breaking changes in BIS P001 – P005 the new version number 1.1.0 will be settled for all PrAC Pre-award metadata profiles. The released documents can be accessed here:

For details about changes in this release consult the changelog notes:

The release plan of the pre-award community is illustrated in the following table

Release name Review date Publication date Mandatory date
Spring release 2021 15.03.2021 – 15.04.2021 17.05.2021 na
November release 2021 09.11.2021 – 13.11.2021 17.12.2021 17.12.2021 – The old specifications and identifiers used in P001-P005 will be deprecated at the next release with a separate indication notice.


Peppol BIS eDocuments guide for pre-award

Describes the cryptographic specifications needed to execute the pre-award processes

Peppol BIS eDelivery guide for pre-award

This document describes the common building blocks to able execution of pre-award processes.


Peppol BIS Pre-award metadata profiles

P001 – Procurement procedure subscription – 1.1

P002 – Procurement document access – 1.1

P003 – Tender Submission – 1.1

P004 – Call for Tenders Questions and Answers – 1.1

P005 – Tender Clarification 1.1

P006 – Search Notices – 1.1

P007 – Tender Withdrawal – 1.1

P008 – Publish Notice – 1.1

P009 – Notify Awarding – 1.1


The documents can be accessed here:

Validation artefacts can be downloaded at the bottom of the link mentioned above


Peppol BIS Pre-Award catalogue

Peppol BIS Pre-award catalogue is part Tender Submission process


Peppol BIS ESPD 1.0

Peppol BIS ESPD 1.0 Request is part of Procurement document access process

Peppol BIS ESPD 1.0 Response is part of Tender Submission process


ESPD Joint Position Paper OpenPeppol & EUPLAT

As a first initiative following the cooperation between OpenPeppol and EUPLAT, a joint position paper on ESPD has been produced to affirm the value of establishing interoperable solutions for ESPD implementations in Europe.

Both parties share a common concern for the individual national implementations of the European standards for e-Tendering, hence the position paper, which aims to showcase and emphasize the mature capability of ESPD to represent a best practice for the implementation of standardized procurement messages in the Pre-Award domain.

Please see the position paper at: OpenPeppol and EUPLAT Position paper .