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The definition of the eInvoicing European standard 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 eInvoicing as a baseline to come to the definition of the European Norm.


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The European standard on electronic invoicing

The eInvoicing European standard on electronic invoicing 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.

Part

Name

ID

Type

1

Semantic data model of the core elements of an electronic invoice

EN 16931-1:2017

Standard

2

List of syntaxes that comply with EN 16931-

CEN/TS 16931-2:2017

Technical specification

3-1

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

4

Guidelines on interoperability of electronic invoices at the transmission level.

CEN/TR 16931-4:2017

Technical report

5

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.



Codelists 

SO 3166-1

Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions — Part 1: Country codes (Latest version: ISO 3166-1:2013)

The country code authority table of the Metadata Registry translates ISO 3166 into the 24 official languages of the EU. 

ISO 3166-1:2013 is not freely available.

ISO 4217 

Codes for the representation of currencies (Latest version: ISO 4217: Amendment Number 162 (24/02/2016))

The currencies name authority list of the Metadata Registry translates ISO 4217 into the 24 official languages of the EU. 

ISO 4217:2015 as available for purchase from the ISO catalogue is not the latest version. The latest version is freely available from its authoritative source.  

ISO 639-1

Codes for the representation of names of languages — Part 1: Alpha-2 code (Latest version: ISO 639-1:2002)

The language code authority list of the Metadata Registry translates ISO 639 into the 24 official languages of the EU. 

ISO 3166-1:2013 is not freely available.

 



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