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European standard and specifications

The definition of the European standard on eInvoicing has been carried out by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). CEN has used the work of existing standardisation initiatives such as the CEN BII workshops agreement and the recommendations of the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Electronic Invoicing as a baseline to come to the definition of the European Norm.

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eInvoicing Directive compliance
Compliance with eInvoicing standard

The European standard on electronic invoicing

The European standard on eInvoicing was formally published along with supporting Technical specifications and reports in 6 parts by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) on June 28th, July 5th and October 18th 2017.






Semantic data model of the core elements of an electronic invoice

EN 16931-1:2017



List of syntaxes that comply with EN 16931-

CEN/TS 16931-2:2017

Technical specification


Methodology for syntax bindings of the core elements of an electronic invoice.

CEN/TS 16931-3-1:2017

Technical specification

3-2  Syntax binding for ISO/IEC 19845 (UBL 2.1) invoice and credit note CEN/TS 16931-3-2:2017Technical specification
3-3  Syntax binding for UN/CEFACT XML Industry Invoice D16B CEN/TS 16931-3-3:2017Technical specification
3-4  Syntax binding for UN/EDIFACT INVOIC D16B CEN/TS 16931-3-4:2017Technical specification


Guidelines on interoperability of electronic invoices at the transmission level.

CEN/TR 16931-4:2017

Technical report


Guidelines on the use of sector or country extensions in conjunction with EN 16931-1, methodology to be applied in the real environment.

CEN/TR 16931-5:2017

Technical report

 Result of the test of EN 16931-1 with respect to its practical application for an end user CEN/TR 16931-6:2017 Technical report

Definition examples

The PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specification (BIS) is a CEN BII Profile with additional legal, organisational and technical requirements to support pan-European use. Download PEPPOL Standards.

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