PEPPOL Access Points are e-invoicing solution providers who offer services fully compliant with the PEPPOL Network requirements. If a company is a certified PEPPOL Access Point, all clients can exchange their electronic documents with other participants of the network. In practice, a supplier using an Access Point sends documents to the recipient. The Access Point, responsible for correct document transmission, is obliged to ensure compliance with the PEPPOL specifications. The document is sent to the recipient’s Access Point in charge of document translation for its client. Both buyers and suppliers are free to choose their Access Point provider.
Structured e-invoices contain core system elements that are compliant with legal regulations of different countries. Those elements are essential for enabling full interoperability during cross-border business operations.
The benefits to certified providers of OpenPeppol membership are:
CERTIFICATION OF THE ACCESS POINT
Certification of the Access Point includes the following steps:
Having the government as a client is required to send e-invoices according to the European Directive (2014/55).
Despite being adopted by the European Parliament and Council in April 2014, 2014/55/EU Directive has only recently come into force, setting out the e-invoicing standard that public sector organisations in Member States must adhere to. This standard, EN16931, was published in June 2017, detailing, among other things, the semantic data model of the core elements of an e-invoice and a list of relevant syntaxes.
Instead of a restrictive or uncomfortable dictate imposed by a European central authority, public and private organizations of all sizes are finding that Peppol provides greater security, reduced costs and fewer manual processing errors.
The self-accreditation process can take months, and only after sufficient resources and competencies have been proven can transactions begin and/or customers be provided access to the Peppol network.
After going through the development stages of the Peppol Access Point configuration, maintenance tasks will continue to be performed, as well as the need to provide support to employees or customers, while staying abreast of any changes in requirements or new certifications required by the Peppol Authority or OpenPeppol.