CEN TC 434 publishes the standard for electronic invoices for public authorities

The name is EN 16931: The first sections of the standard for electronic invoices for public authorities. On the website of the European standardization institute  CEN , the first two parts of the standards family can now be found.

  • EN 16931-1: 2017 Electronic invoicing – Part 1: Semantic data model of the core elements of an electronic invoice
  • CEN / TS 16931-2: 2017 (WI = 00434002) Electronic Invoicing – Part 2: List of syntaxes

Semantic data model for a core invoice

The standard itself defines a semantic data model for a core invoice and the processes depicted with it. The technical specification (part 2 of the standard) defines UBL 2.1 and the UN / CEFACT CrossIndustryInvoice D16B as the two syntaxes with which the data model is to be implemented by public authorities.

Multi-part norm

The other parts of the standards family are still under construction in CEN TC 434. Their publication is not expected before the end of September. This is somewhat problematic, since only part 3 of the family defines how the semantic data model is to be mapped in the two syntaxes. Software manufacturers and other implementers face a difficult task. Should they start now, or wait? A binding answer will probably be waiting for some more time.

Andreas Pelekies

Andreas Pelekies is Senior Business Development Manager at GEFEG mbH. GEFEG solutions offer productivity enhancements and optimised development of data interfaces to connect business processes and plan, map and manage their business content throughout the application lifecycle. Solutions include GEFEG.FX software for data model development and management, eStandards and interfaces. Andreas Pelekies is an active member of national and international committees such as DIN, CEN, UN/CEFACT. Under his technical leadership, the ZUGFeRD format was developed in the Forum Electronic Invoice Germany (FeRD). After 18 years of software development for commercial software, he worked as manager for global XML standards at GS1 Germany and was in charge of the topics cash logistics and electronic invoicing on a national and international level. He holds a Master of Business Administration and studied Business Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences.

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