What is Peppol?
Peppol stands for Pan-European Public Procurement OnLine.
Peppol is an international e-invoicing network that allows you to safely send e-invoices to companies and governments worldwide. Organisations that are connected to Peppol can exchange business documents, such as various electronic formats, through the highly secured and safe international network.
Peppol provides a set of artifacts and specifications enabling cross-border eProcurement. The use of Peppol is governed by a multi-lateral agreement structure which is owned and maintained by OpenPEPPOL.
A market enablement for interoperable e-Procurement solutions
Standards based business process interoperability
eDelivery Network and Transport Infrastructure Agreements which form the technical and legal basis for interoperability, and
Simplification and improvement of the on-boarding process for buyers and suppliers who want to trade electronically.
How does Peppol work?
A company can use the Peppol specifications to send and receive e-invoices when it chooses a certified OpenPEPPOL access point. An OpenPEPPOL access point is an e-invoicing solution provider that offers PEPPOL-compliant systems and services. This provider can connect its clients to the PEPPOL network so they can quickly exchange documents with other users.
Consider how PEPPOL works with an example: A government agency has ordered new computers. The vendor submits the invoice to its specified access point. In turn, the access point converts the document according to PEPPOL specifications. Later, the document is transferred to another access point. That access point translates the document for its client (in this case, the government agency). The government agency and the computer vendor can choose their own access points; they are not obligated to use the same provider.
Why use Peppol?
The number of businesses asking for e-invoices through Peppol is strongly increasing. The Peppol network scores high on the safety aspect and thus is much safer than sending invoices by e-mail.
Governments are also increasingly asking for e-invoices. The Australia and New Zealand governments announced the adoption of the PEPPOL framework for e-invoicing in February 2019.
The Peppol Authority works closely with the service providers and business community to develop localised requirements and provides support to Access Points and Service Metadata Publisher Providers.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) operates the Australian Peppol Authority.