PEPPOL infrastructure to be the backbone of e-invoicing in Norway

Peppol 230x200The Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) is opening up the private market of value added network providers (and others), allowing them to become access points for electronic invoicing. Instead of a single government managed access point, it has been decided to encourage the private sector to provide access points based around the PEPPOL infrastructure and related standards. This will make PEPPOL the backbone of public electronic invoicing in Norway. Electronic invoicing with the PEPPOL standard format will be compulsory for all state and regional health entities in Norway by July 1st 2012.

Difi also invites VAN-operators and large invoice issuers and invoice receivers to utilize PEPPOL’s infrastructure for exchange of electronic procurement messages on standard formats, and by this take the opportunity to provide what is known as an access point.

By connecting to the PEPPOL infrastructure, which will act as a central hub, all issuers of electronic invoices will able to send these to their customers both within Norway and across Europe.  Currently this is challenging due to the variety of incompatible systems in use. Increasing public and private sector access to the PEPPOL infrastructure will help Norway realize the benefits of electronic procurement.

Electronic invoicing in public sector in Norway
Norwegian state entities and regional health organization should be able to receive invoices electronically on standard format as of 1st of July 2011, and by 1st of July 2012, it will be compulsory.

One access point is sufficient
According to Dag Strømsnes, Head of Department for Public Procurement in Difi and chairman of the PEPPOL board, more access points will make it easier for public entities to promote electronic invoicing. Access points act as information interchange centres.  By connecting to only one access point any supplier or public sector buyer will be able to reach all the other suppliers or public sector buyers, says Mr. Strømsnes.

New access points will contribute to increased competition in the supplier market, he continues. He welcomes both financial (such as banks) and non-financial entities to become access points.

Source: PEPPOL

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