Enhanced implementation of GDSN and PEPPOL Standards as part of the NHS e-Procurement Strategy


The deadlines set by the UK Department of Health (DoH) for rollout of the NHS e-Procurement Strategy are looming. So, next September 28 thousands of organizations affected by the strategy developed by the DoH will be attending the PIH Show, with the aim of finding solutions to this technological leap.

To this end, EDICOM specialist Vera Kabout, will be giving a talk in which she explains how to address implementation of this strategy successfully. And she will do so taking into account one of the great challenges faced by companies affected by the NHS e-Procurement Strategy: compliance with GDSN and PEPPOL standards.

The talk is scheduled for 11:35 and framed within the e-Procurement and Standardisation section. Vera Kabout will take advantage of the occasion to highlight the benefits of these two standards (PEPPOL and GDSN) as part of the NHS paperless strategy. She will also give some tips for suppliers and hospitals to help achieve the greatest benefits from the e-Procurement Strategy. Among them, she will mention aspects to be weighed up when choosing a technology provider, such as the fact that they should be an accredited Data Pool and Access Point.

An integral solution

In addition to the conference, visitors to the PIH Show will also have the chance to get to know EDICOM’s proposal for this technological quantum leap at stand 238. There, our team of experts will be presenting a comprehensive solution for compliance with the NHS e-Procurement Strategy.

Through the EDICOM Health platform, integrated in their ERP or internal management system, businesses automate electronic data interchange and product synchronization with their trading partners in line with the standards and requirements demanded by the strategy. To this we must add that it is an internationally scalable solution with 99.9% availability guaranteed.

How to attend the PIH Show?

The PIH Show takes place on September 28 at the London Olympia. Two days later, the deadline set for delivering a plan to the DoH that ensures compliance with the GS1 and PEPPOL standards will be reached. By then, companies affected by the initiative must also have joined an Access Point.

The EDICOM team will be at the event to facilitate the implementation of these electronic processes for suppliers and hospitals. The talk by Key Account Manager Vera Kabout is headed Enhanced implementation of GDSN and PEPPOL Standards as part of the NHS e-Procurement Strategy and can now be consulted in the PIH Show agenda. Organizations affected by the strategy can attend free of charge, once they have registered for the event.

Looking forward to seeing you at the PIH Show

Looking forward to seeing you at the PIH Show

EDICOM is taking part in next week’s big UK healthcare event: the PIH Show. The event is being held on September 28 at the Olympia in London from 9 in the morning. Around 4000 professionals involved in the healthcare sector value chain will be attending the sessions, seeking technology solutions and responses to the NHS e-Procurement Strategy.

The initiative by the Department of Health (DoH) is the most ambitious public e-procurement project launched in Europe. The aim is for business relations between all NHS trusts and their suppliers to become 100% electronic. Results anticipated include greater efficiency, enhanced security and an economic saving between £5000 and £8000 per bed.

Answers to NHS e-Procurement Strategy at stand 238

During our participation in the PIH Show, EDICOM will be at stand 238 to present a comprehensive solution fully adapted to the technological requirements of the NHS e-Procurement Strategy developed by the DoH. Bear in mind that stakeholders making up the UK public healthcare supply chain are facing a technological leap on three levels:

  • Synchronization of communications between hospitals and their service providers through an electronic data catalogue.
  • Exchanging orders, shipping notes and invoices electronically by means of the XML-PEPPOL standard.
  • Encoding of product master files with GS1 coding (GLN and GTIN) which will serve to identify and monitor the movement of goods throughout the entire NHS supply chain.

This adaptation also entails other essential requirements to ensure safety and interoperability in communications, with which technology providers must comply. EDICOM is ready for all of them:

  • The firm holds GS1 certification as a Datapool, which enables it to operate in the GDSN network (the one used in product data synchronization).
  • It is an accredited PEPPOL Access Point, so has connectivity to the NHS EDI platform.

These certificates such as GDSN Datapool and PEPPOL Access Point, coupled with strong technological capabilities, have enabled the EDICOM team to develop a complete solution for the NHS e-Procurement Strategy. The solution consists of a platform integrated with the company’s ERP, which automates communications in accordance with the standards required.

Moreover, we should add that it is a scalable solution for other B2B2G projects worldwide. EDICOM has extensive international experience in EDI initiatives with the public sector and particularly in the field of health. Notable success stories in this area include those of the Andalusian Health Service in Spain or creation of the B@M Pharma platform, which helped us become a benchmark for the pharmaceutical industry today. In fact, large laboratories such as Lilly, Bayer or Merck, among many others, now place their trust in EDICOM technology.

More about NHS e-Procurement Strategy in this White Paper

How to take part in PIH Show?

Procurement in Health (PIH) Show kicks off at 09:00 am on September 28 and runs until 16:30. At the meeting, attendees can visit the various stands and take part in several conferences and workshops. To do so, all you need to do is register for PIH Show free of charge through the event website. You can also arrange a meeting with EDICOM experts using this contact form to see a live demonstration of the solution.

How does PEPPOL help NHS hospitals and suppliers?

How does PEPPOL help NHS hospitals and suppliers?

The e-Procurement Strategy rolled out by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) requires healthcare authorities and their suppliers to adopt two standards: GS1 and PEPPOL. The latter is the one to be used for exchanging e-messages, in other words, for invoices, purchase orders and delivery notes. But why is it necessary to adopt this system?

First of all, it’s important to know what PEPPOL (Pan European Public Procurement On Line) is. It is an initiative to consolidate a common standard in the e-communications of businesses and European Public Administrations. The aim is to enable interoperability among different stakeholders, regardless of their location or the systems they utilize.

As EDICOM expert, Javier Garcia explains: “Operating with PEPPOL is based on a communications network with its own features,” where partners must “exchange their documents through an Access Point”. Or, likewise, by a third party authorized to connect with PEPPOL, such as EDICOM.

PEPPOL implementation in the NHS

Currently, NHS supply chain management operates inefficiently, giving rise to uncontrolled stock and an increase in prices, resulting in excessive economic costs. With the e-Procurement Strategy, the Department of Health (DH) plans to incorporate an electronic data interchange or EDI system between the NHS and all its suppliers to put an end to this problem. This way, invoices, orders and delivery notes will be managed electronically, with their consequent automation.

It is in this process that the adoption of PEPPOL is necessary. The e-Procurement Strategy affects hundreds of companies and organizations of very different types, so the use of PEPPOL acts as a solution to ensure interoperability and alleviate this differentiation. An advantage that can also help businesses in the commercial scope, by facilitating internationalization and participation in public tenders.

In addition, implementing PEPPOL is a security guarantee. This common standard has the support of the European Commission and demands strict technology and legal requirements for its Access Points. In this regard, it is essential that companies affected by the NHS e-Procurement Strategy obtain from their provider the certification that accredits them as such.

Deadlines for adopting PEPPOL

Migration to the NHS paperless strategy is being done gradually to facilitate the technological leap for businesses. Even so, the deadline for PEPPOL adoption is looming closer. By September 30th, suppliers must join the PEPPOL access point and submit a project plan that ensures compliance with this standard to the DoH.

Six months later, on March 31, the deadline for businesses to adapt to receiving orders from NHS access points will be reached, and by September 30, 2017, they must be able to manage all their billing with this system.

The solution

EDICOM, service provider certified by PEPPOL as an Access Point, has developed a data interchange solution that meets all the requirements set out by the NHS e-Procurement Strategy. It also has an e-catalogue authorized by GS1 as a Datapool.  This means it is possible to centralize everything in compliance with the DoH on a single platform, enhancing efficiency and cutting economic costs

If you would like to know more about implementation of this technological quantum leap, download the White Paper on the NHS eProcurement Strategy.

Why visit the PIH Show?

Why visit the PIH Show?

There are only a few weeks to go now until one of London’s benchmark technological reference events for the healthcare industry. On September 28, the Procurement In Health (PIH) Show conference is taking place at the Olympia, an event that will bring together more than 4000 international industry leaders. If you have not yet booked your reservation, in this post we give you 8 reasons why you should do so as soon as posible:

  • NHS e-Procurement Strategy will be the central focus of the session. The event is an ideal opportunity for NHS trusts and providers to get close-up first-hand knowledge of how to adapt successfully to this revolutionary project, which is already up and running.
  • Beyond this strategy, visitors will find answers to optimization of their businesses through technological solutions designed to enhance healthcare supply chain efficiency.
  • PIH will bring together more than 100 specialist lecturers. Taking part among them will be EDICOM’s International Account Manager in the UK, along with our International Account Manager for Benelux, Vera Kabout.
  • The event organizers have designed a comprehensive agenda, adding up to more than 60 hours of presentations.
  • Visitors to the PIH Show will have the chance to explain their cases personally and resolve their doubts and queries with experts in the NHS e-Procurement Strategy. You can now book an appointment with the EDICOM team, located at stand 238, by filling in this form.
  • The event will bring together high-level professionals in the technology, public and healthcare fields, making it the perfect venue to share opinions and do some networking.
  • PIH Show is certified as 8 hours CPD (Continuing Professional Development), so attendees can request a certificate that day for attending sessions.
  • Entry to the event is free of charge for NHS trust members, professionals in the public sector and charities. 

If you would like to know more about the UK’s benchmark healthcare event, you can visit the PIH website and get your ticket. We also recommend this guide to the NHS e-Procurement Strategy, so you can get to know the technological changes due to affect the NHS and all its suppliers.


EDICOM leads European project to promote e-invoicing in public health

Public agencies throughout the European Union must be ready to work with e- invoicing by November 2018, as set forth in Directive 2014/55/EU. Of all the production sectors involved, healthcare is without a doubt the most complex due to the great diversity of products and supplies that health centres and trusts have to deal with, compounded by the priority of ensuring the smooth running of a fundamental service for administrations.

To this end, EDICOM did not hesitate to join and lead the GOVEIN project. An R+D+i initiative, driven by the European commission, to foster implementation of the European e-invoicing schema between hospitals and laboratories.

Participants in the project, framed within Europe’s CEF TELECOM e-Invoicing initiative, will receive funding to cover up to 75% of the e-billing rollout costs. The aim is to get laboratories, hospital trusts and government healthcare institutions up and running with this technology, in compliance with the requirements set forth in the European standard (Directive 2014/55/EU), due to come into force in 2018.


How does the project work?

The initiative headed by EDICOM is open to healthcare suppliers and public agencies belonging to any member state. For now, and until next November, the doors are open for interested parties to submit their application to take part.

The next phase will take place between May 2017 and April 2018, when the technical side of the e-invoicing pilot project will be developed. EDICOM will set up a multi-syntax solution for each of the participants, with which they can process invoices in several standards. Of course, this platform will also comply with the specifications of EU legislation calling for guarantees of semantic interoperability throughout the European Union.



The nomination and choice of EDICOM to lead this European initiative is motivated by our extensive knowledge and experience in the implementation of e-invoicing systems both in B2B and B2G. Our more than 14,000 customers worldwide include major laboratories and companies in the international healthcare industry, such as Abbott, Bayer, Lilly, Pfizer or Merck, among many others.

In addition, we have actively participated in important public administration e-billing initiatives launched in different countries in Europe such as Spain, Portugal, and Italy. We are also fully engaged in regional initiatives to implement e-Procurement platforms seeking to optimize the flow of transactions between hospitals and their supplier networks. Initiatives such as those rolled out by the NHS in the United Kingdom, or the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy.