Global interoperability for electronic invoicing becomes a reality

OpenPeppol is pleased to announce that the Peppol International Invoice (PINT) became available for use in the Peppol Network with effect from 1st July 2023.

This follows an extensive multi-year preparation process, including a Proof of Concept (PoC) project that involved Service Provider representatives, the four Asia Pacific Peppol Authorities and technical experts from the OpenPeppol Operating Office, together with a wider member review process.

To conclude the development phase and to enable PINT to enter production, the OpenPeppol Managing Committee made several decisions in June 2023:

  • approval of technical specifications and policies for PINT BIS Billing and for the Use of Wildcard in Discovery, thereby allowing them to be used in production on the Peppol Network
  • for PINT to become an optional specification in all jurisdictions from 1st July 2023, and only becoming mandatory in individual jurisdictions by decision of the relevant Peppol Authority
  • to establish a Cross-regional Coordination Board to address, in conjunction with the Post Award Community, future change management requirements

As a next step, the local variants of PINT for Australia-New Zealand, Singapore, and Japan will be finalised and approved for use in production. 

Peppol Authorities, supported by the Operating Office, will consult with members to ensure a smooth transition over time to the new PINT specifications. Already, the Japan Peppol Authority has published three PINT-based invoice specifications. The Peppol Authorities in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand are expected to introduce optional PINT-based specifications in the coming months.

André Hoddevik, Secretary General of OpenPeppol, said: “From the outset, Peppol delivered cross-border interoperability within Europe. But the introduction of the PINT methodology is a significant moment in achieving true global interoperability, beginning with eInvoicing. I am grateful for the hard work of all those that participated in bringing this ground-breaking project to a reality”.


August 2023