Pre Award Documentation

Pre-Award documentation

Post Award documentation

In the table below, you will find links to the technical documentation that supports the exchange of numerous business documents used in pre-award processes undertaken between buying and selling organisations. The table contains the current Peppol Business Interoperability Specifications (BIS) for the Pre-Award area. The listed Peppol BIS are formally approved by the OpenPeppol Managing Committee and the pre-award community.

Release updates are provided each year in dependence of the work group planning and progress.


Key dates for past and upcoming releases
Release nameReview datePublication dateMandatory date
March release 202322-December-19  to 23-January-202023-March-072024-March-01
November release 202121-October-09 to 21-November-132021-Nov-172023-March-01

For details about changes consult the changelog notes:


Pre AwardDocument Name

Peppol Pre-Award guidelines

– Peppol BIS eDelivery Guide (Pre Award): Describes the common building blocks for transport to enable execution of pre-award processes such as such as envelope description, the use of a container to package documents and signature requirements.

– Peppol BIS eDocuments Guide (Pre Award): Describes the cryptographic specifications needed to execute the pre-award processes

– The Peppol BIS pre-award guide – Notification and Open Procedure: Describes the choreography of business processes to execute notification and open procedures using Peppol


Peppol BIS Pre-Award

– P001 – Procurement procedure subscription

– P002 – Procurement document access

– P003 – Tender Submission

– P004 – Call for Tenders Question and Answers

– P005 – Tender Clarification

– P006 – Search Notices

– P007 – Tender Withdrawal

– P008 – Publish Notice

– P009 – Notify Awarding

– P010 – Tendering Message Response

– P011 – Qualification

Changelog PEPPOL BIS Pre-Award

Peppol BIS Pre-Award catalogue

– Peppol BIS Pre-award catalogue is part Tender Submission process

Peppol BIS ESPD 1.0

– Peppol BIS ESPD 1.0 Request is part of Procurement document access process

– Peppol BIS ESPD 1.0 Response is part of Tender Submission process


Validation artifacts for PEPPOL BIS Pre-Award

– Business Rules

– Codelists

Schematron files (zip archive)

Codelists (zip archive)

Validation artifacts for PEPPOL BIS Pre-Award catalogue

– Business Rules

– Codelists

Schematron file

Validation artifacts for PEPPOL BIS ESPD 1.0

– Business Rules

– Code lists

– Official criteria taxonomy part of ESPD 1.0.2.

– Official code lists part of ESPD 1.0.2.

– Official XSD Schema files for ESPD 1.0.2

– Criteria taxonomy restructured as XML file including provided translations organized by type and assigned UUIDs.

– Criteria taxonomy outlined.

– XSD Schema file for Criteria taxonomy file provided by Difi.

– Schematron file containing rules according to ISO Schematron.

– Schematron file containing rules according to ISO Schematron.

As part of the cooperation between OpenPeppol and the European Association of Public eTendering Platform Providers (EUPLAT), a joint position paper has been published to affirm the value of establishing interoperable solutions for the implementation of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) in Europe. OpenPeppol and EUPLAT share a common concern for the individual national implementations of the European standards for eTendering. The position paper (follow link in the table below) showcases the mature capability of ESPD to represent best practice for the implementation of standardised procurement messages in the Pre-Award domain.

Please see the position paper at:

OpenPeppol and EUPLAT Position paper