The PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure requires that a number of actors work together in a trusted environment. To achieve this, two levels of governance are required as follows:
- The PEPPOL Coordinating Authority has authority over all of the central components of the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure (the technical and service specifications, the Service Metadata Locator, the Transport Infrastructure Agreements and its annexes) and will delegate authority over the implementation and use of the infrastructure within a defined domain to a PEPPOL Authority. The PEPPOL Authority Agreement defines the general principles of cooperation between these two parties. As of 1st of September 2012, the role as PEPPOL Coordinating Authority is held by OpenPEPPOL AISBL.
- The PEPPOL Authority must ensure Access Point (AP) and Service Metadata Publisher (SMP) services are provided in conformance to the technical standards and service specifications by entering into separate AP and SMP agreements with each of the respective providers within their domain. These providers also have the option of signing the AP/SMP agreements with the Coordinating Authority directly.
The PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements (TIA) includes three types of agreements:
- PEPPOL Authority Agreement
- PEPPOL Access Point (AP) Provider Agreement
- PEPPOL Service Metadata Publisher (SMP) Provider Agreement
The regime of agreements and the governance structure ensure that:
- the role and responsibilities of each actor are clearly described and openly available, making PEPPOL an open and transparent community;
- sufficient information is made available through the SML/SMP, allowing a Participant to make this its sole source of information for conducting e-procurement with its trading partners.
Through these measures, a set of minimum requirements and criteria will be established and consistently applied throughout the full PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure.
For more information about the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements click here