Swedish central government to require PEPPOL use as of 2018
Swedish financial management body ESV has announced the rollout of e-procurement for central government agencies. As specified in the published regulation, by November 2018 these organizations must be able to use the PEPPOL platform and be registered as PEPPOL BIS recipients in the Metadata Publication Service (SMP).
The Swedish e-procurement strategy will be applied to order messages and invoicing. The aim is to encourage trade relations, remove barriers and streamline communications between the public sector and businesses. Additionally, e-management procedures will be automated and economic costs reduced.
Since 2008, the Swedish Public Administration has gradually switched over to paperless processes. This year, central government agencies have already adopted e-invoicing, and in 2014, all organizations with more than 50 employees were processing electronic orders. The big news from 2018 is the mandatory use of the PEPPOL standard.
In addition to the EVS in Sweden, the UK National Health Service and the Emilia Romagna region in Italy have also rolled out e-procurement initiatives with the PEPPOL standard. As this is a common standard in Europe, its use will promote interoperability as well as cross- border trade for businesses and public administrations.
All actors affected by the regulation published by the Swedish Government must engage the services of an Accredited Access Point such as EDICOM. In other words, a provider certified to operate with the PEPPOL network, who will validate the standardized documents and deliver them correctly to this platform.