NHS PEPPOL Access Point for trusts and suppliers

Full interoperability and connectivity with your NHS partners

Achieve NHS PEPPOL compliance and full interoperability with NHS partners

In 2015, the OpenPEPPOL Association certified EDICOM as an Access Point Provider. EDICOM was also granted an SMP certificate by the OpenPEPPOL Association to run its own Service Metadata Publisher. Our certified PEPPOL AP makes it possible for both suppliers and hospitals to work in an automated, integrated way, as they both need Access Points to connect with the NHS.

This common and interoperable standard is key to cross-border e-Procurement. Through the platform, private companies and governments of countries across Europe can exchange e-Documents of any kind: invoices, purchase orders, delivery notes, price catalogues, etc.

Why our NHS PEPPOL Access Point?

Accreditation as an access point allows EDICOM to connect to the PEPPOL e-Procurement platform and the rest of the network access points. Through the platform, private companies and governments of countries across Europe can exchange e-documents of any kind: invoices, purchase orders, delivery notes, price catalogues, etc. These business processes are carried out in a standardised and interoperable manner.

Beyond this certification, in January 2017 EDICOM became part of the British Crown Commercial Service (CCS) RM3784 agreement, which brings together certain certified APs in a list from which British public bodies can choose their previously authorised APs.

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Benefits of using EDICOM PEPPOL Access Point

Proprietary infrastructure

Proprietary infrastructure

The EDICOM solution leaves nothing in the hands of third parties. All processes are carried out on our own infrastructure based in the cloud.

Security

Security

EDICOM holds several certificates on information security and is a Qualified Trust Services Provider acknowledged by the EU under the eIDAS Regulation.

Automation

Automation

The solution integrates with the company’s ERP and converts data into the required standard in a way that is transparent to the user.

Compliance

Compliance

The platform automatically converts the electronic messages into the required formats and standards, following the protocols set for security and legal issues, and performs syntatic validations.

Centralisation

Centralisation

With a global provider you can centralise all your electronic communications. An Italian company can engage in an e-Procurement tender in Spain, France or any other State, using a single solution. 

Permanent upgrading

Permanent upgrading

EDICOM has technicians dedicated to permanent platform maintenance and upgrading. This ensures that the solution is always adapted and ready to operate with the latest new features in any country.

What are the objectives of PEPPOL?

  • Enhancing interoperability in e-Procurement and promoting transparency.
  • Automating business processes for the public and private sector alike.
  • Achieving a single digital market.
  • Helping businesses, and especially SMEs, be more competitive in the global scope.

What are the benefits of PEPPOL?

  • Reduces economic costs. With the use of PEPPOL it’s not necessary to have different solutions to adapt to your partners’ technological specifications - and this represents a cost saving.
  • Connectivity with any partner in the PEPPOL network. Interconnections and document exchanges are possible with any business or public organisation. It also ensures data security.
  • Simplifies, streamlines and automates business processes. PEPPOL and EDI are an open door to automation. Sales and admin departments cut down on their workload and can spend their time on tasks that bring the firm added value.
  • Boosts overall business competitiveness. Businesses working with PEPPOL are able to seamlessly exchange data with partners in different countries. Once businesses take this technological leap they continue advancing towards other paperless processes.

How does the PEPPOL network work?

PEPPOL stands for Pan European Public Procurement On-Line. It entails a compilation of specifications designed to facilitate public procurement between businesses and administrations, regardless of where they are or the systems they use. The standard message adopted by the PEPPOL network is called PEPPOL-UBL (Universal Business Language) and is a variant of XML. The infrastructure comprises:

PEPPOL Access Points (APs)

APs use standardised protocols and document formats and apply electronic signature algorithms to documents. They also take care of sending and receiving files.

SERVICE METADA PUBLISHER (SMP)

A decentralised registry providing information on the access points and types of messages that a PEPPOL recipient can receive.

SERVICE METADA LOCATOR (SML)

The European Union central registry defines which SMP holds each party's information in an electronic data interchange.

FAQs about the NHS PEPPOL System

OpenPEPPOL is an international non-profit association that is responsible for the development and maintenance of PEPPOL specifications, promoting its implementation throughout Europe.

Access Points are certified by the OpenPEPPOL Association. They use standardized protocols and document formats and apply electronic signature algorithms to documents. In addition, they take care of sending and receiving files.

PEPPOL enables trading partners to exchange standards-based electronic documents over the PEPPOL network (based on a 4-corner model). These documents include e-Orders, e-Advance Shipping Notes, eInvoices, eCatalogues, Message Level Responses, etc.

A decentralized registry that provides information on the access points and types of messages that a PE-PPOL recipient can receive. It may be internal or dele-gated to a SMP HUB.

The central registry of the European Union defines which SMP holds the information of each party in the electronic data interchange.

The standard message adopted by the PEPPOL network is called PE-PPOL-UBL (Universal Business Language) and is a variant of XML. Specifically, the UBL – ISO/IEC 19845 format.  UBL was created by a technical committee of the international consortium OASIS, with the participation of other organizations involved in the standardization of data in the industry.

Using the AS connectivity protocol implies using AS servers. These servers are designed to send and receive data securely via Internet, applying encryption techniques to ensure that only the intended receiver can read the message information. EDICOM

At EDICOM, we implemented our own SMP solution and passed Conformance Tests offered by the CEF eDelivery Conformance Testing Service successfully. The resultant conformant solution’s name is “Edicom ASx Server”. AS4 protocol is an evolution of AS2 connectivity protocol, which the PEPPOL network uses.

PEPPOL is a standardized solution for e-Procurement between communities. It is noat mandatory for the public sector. It depends on each country to mandate the use of PEPPOL to their agencies and in which workflows.

In the UK, the NHS establishes the use of PEPPOL as mandatory between hospitals and their suppliers.

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