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Frequently Asked Questions about PEPPOL Access Points

Is there any PEPPOL funding to provide an Access Point?

The simple answer is no. PEPPOL has been funded to provide the specifications and management of the development of a pan European Public eProcurment services network. Beneficiaries of this funding are the government agencies engaged in creating this. Increasingly government agencies are issuing tenders for the provision of PEPPOL Access Points but it should be noted that developing and providing Access Points are self-funded activities.

 

Is there a list of all Access Points?

OpenPEPPOL (acting as the PEPPOL Coordinating Authority) publishes a list of all Access Points with valid certificates on the PEPPOL website:

http://www.peppol.eu/pilot-reporting/access-point-providers

PEPPOL does not endorse or favour any Access Point providers.

 

Why do I need a digital certificate?

Security and integrity of the messages exchange through the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure relies on using a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to establish a trusted network.

When Access Point or SMP providers sign the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreement they can apply for a PEPPOL Digital Certificate. This certificate contains the key information for validating their communications on the PEPPOL network.

This ensures only known and trusted providers have access to the Transport Infrastructure.

 

Who defines the BusDox standards?

BusDox has been developed by the PEPPOL project but is being incorporated into a new set of international messaging standards known as Business Document Exchange (or BDX) by an OASIS Technical Committee. For details of this committee and the future specifications see: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=bdx

 

Where do I find more technical information?

The necessary technical specifications and resources used to implement PEPPOL-compliant solutions and services are available at:

http://www.peppol.eu/ressource-library/technical-specifications

 

How is my Access Point certified?

Please contact your PEPPOL Authority for more information about Conformance and Testing.

 

What do my customers need to know about PEPPOL services?

Your customers should be aware that your PEPPOL Access Point exists and supports their business processes and that this allows them access to eProcurement across Europe.

For those customers already using eProcurement it is anticipated that they may only need minor changes or additions to their current software interfaces to make use of the PEPPOL services. However in other cases it may be necessary or desirable to create new software interfaces and support tools for customers.

 

Is using PEPPOL mandatory for government agencies?

PEPPOL is not a service that is mandatory for the public sector. It is increasingly common for governments to mandate use of eProcurement technology across their agencies but PEPPOL is a solution between eProcurement communities and not a specific eProcurement solution.

 

Will my customers need new software to use PEPPOL?

For those customers already using eProcurement it is anticipated that they may only need minor changes or additions to their current software interfaces to make use of the PEPPOL services.

However in other cases it may be necessary or desirable to create new software interfaces and support tools for customers. These customers will have to adapt their internal business processes and related systems to support the data flows of the PEPPOL business processes.

 

What business processes does PEPPOL support?

PEPPOL divides its business process into the pre-award and post-award sets. Access Points need to support one or more of the PEPPOL post-award business processes (pre-award processes are optional).

These processes are specified in documents called Business Interoperability Specifications (BISs). The PEPPOL post-award BIS cover the following processes:

  • PEPPOL BIS 1A Catalogue Only
  • PEPPOL BIS 3A Order Only
  • PEPPOL BIS 4A Invoice
  • PEPPOL BIS 5A Billing
  • PEPPOL BIS 28A Ordering
  • PEPPOL BIS 30A Despatch Advice
  • PEPPOL BIS 36A Message Level Response

The Post-Award specifications are available at: http://www.peppol.eu/ressource-library/technical-specifications/post-award/mandatory

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