May 9, 2018 News

The Spring 2018 release of the PEPPOL Post-Award artefacts (BIS documents and validation artefacts) has now been published

The Spring release package and its release notes can be downloaded from


Key point of this release


Changes to mandatory BIS2 documents and validation artefacts

  • Correction to Order agreement BIS to align with rule on tax categories and schema ID’s
  • Implementation of calculation rule in Order agreement corrected to include PrePaidAmount.
  • Context of item identifier rules changed in Dispatch advice to it applies to all lines.


Time plan:

Tuesday 8th of May 2018: Published as released.

Monday 14th of May 2017 12:00 CEST: Mandatory use.


Please prepare implementation and support for the release as soon as possible to be ready for the mandatory deadline.


Overview of changes to optional BIS3 Billing documentation and validation artefacts

  • Corrected calculation formula in chapter 9.1.1.
  • Correct the structure of the `cac:Taxtotal` element in the syntax mapping.
  • Cardinality for document and billing reference set to mandatory.
  • Change description text from “Document level…” to “Line level…” for allowance/charge elements on line level in the syntax mapping table.
  • Removed rule “PEPPOL-EN16931-R050 – Tax exemption reason code MUST NOT be used”
  • Incorporated updated validation artefacts from TC434 (amongst other, adding new ICD values).


Time plan:

Tuesday 8th of May 2018: Published as released for optional use.

For migration plan see


Validation artefacts are the tools that help parties and service providers to comply with the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements (TIA) as they help ensuring that the contents of the exchanged document instances in the PEPPOL network are valid both from a syntactical and 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 network.


Post-Award ‘BIS’ Specifications and Guidelines