Peppol Dictionary/Abbreviations

This page lists some of the terms and abbreviations often used in Peppol. You can consider this an unofficial Peppol glossary. If you are missing a term drop me a note.

Term Meaning Comments
AISBL Association internationale sans but lucratif A non-profit origanisation under Belgium law. See this page for details (in French).
AP AccessPoint The technical connector of a software solution that is capable of sending and/or receiving Peppol business documents
Application Statement 2 Transport protocol specified in RFC 4130. This was the default transport protocol until 2020-01-31.
AS4 Application Statement 4 Transport protocol specified by OASIS. It was used in the eSENS project and adopted by CEF. The Peppol AS4 profile v2 is the mandatory transport protocol in the Peppol eDelivery network since 2020-02-01.
BC Business Card The document type for describing the non-functional aspects of a Peppol participant for listing in the PD.
BIS Business Interoperability Specification A Peppol created specification that define how a business document exchange should take place and how the UBL elements are bound to semantical elements.
BLR Business Level Response Business document to be exchanged stating business level validation results (see also MLR). Peppol does not contain a single BLR - it contains an Order Response and an Invoice Response.
CC Coordinating Community OpenPeppol internal community that is supposed to deal with cross-community topics.
Connecting Europe Facility An instrument of the EC for funding and informing about e-Delivery, e-Invoicing etc. solutions. See The successor of CEF is the DEP programme.
CII UN/CEFACT Cross Industry Invoice One of the two formats identified by the EN to be supported.
The previous Peppol reference implementation now maintained by EC. See Superseded by CEF -
CIUS Core Invoice Usage Specification Defines how to adopt the EN to local requirements. It implies, that a CIUS is more narrow then the underlying specification. Billing BIS 3 is a CIUS of the EN.
CMB Change Management Board The Peppol internal team that makes decisions. There is one CMB for TICC, PoACC and PrACC.
DNS Domain Name System Basic part of Internet technology that maps domain names to IP addresses for technical routing. Used by SML.
DEP Digital Europe Programme The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations. See
EC European Commission Generic term for all entities directly or indirectly related to them (DG DIGIT etc.).
EDEC eDelivery Domain Community The successor of TICC within OpenPeppol. See
EN European Norm Usually this refers to the EN 16931-1, the European Norm on e-Invoicing.
F2F Face to face This defines an event where people are meeting in real (face to face) and not just virtually in telephone conferences.
IRM Invoice Response Message Special BLR for invoices.
Lightweight Message Exchange Legacy Peppol transport protocol for pulling messages. Has been discontinued.
MC Managing Committee The Peppol managing board.
MDN Message Disposition Notification The technical receipt of acknowledgment for AS2 transmissions defined in RFC 3798.
MLA Message Level Agreement Working title for a work group that should deal with structured response messages
MLR Message Level Response Business document to be exchanged stating technical validation results (see also BLR)
OASIS Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards International standardization organisation. See
OpenPeppol AISBL The organisation responsible for maintaining Peppol standards and running the transport infrastructure. See See also AISBL.
PA Peppol Authority A local authority managing and supporting the regional Service Providers. Jurisdictions not having their own PA, are managed and supported by OpenPeppol directly.
PAC Peppol Authority Community OpenPeppol internal group of Peppol Authorities.
PD Peppol Directory A central Peppol service that should help in mapping Peppol participant IDs to the participant names and countries.
Pan European Public Procurement On-Line This is the European project that initiated all this. Started as a European Large Scale Pilot and is now maintained by OpenPeppol AISBL. Since middle of 2019 the abbreviation was officially replaced with "Peppol" as a noun.
PoAC Post-Award Domain Community Peppol internal team to manage the post-award assets. See
Post-Award Coordinating Community The old term for POAC.
PID Participant identifier This is the technical identifier for the sender and receiver of a document exchange. This is also used in an SMP as a so called "service group".
PrAC Pre-Award Domain Community Peppol internal team to manage the pre-award assets. See
Pre-Award Coordinating Community The old term for PRAC.
SBD Standard Business Document A generic XML envelope structure that defines a header and a payload. See also SBDH.
SBDH Standard Business Document Header The header part inside the SBD.
SMK Test version of the SML ('K' comes before 'L'). Currently operated by CEF.
SML Service Metadata Locator Central Peppol service that modifies the DNS. Currently operated by CEF.
SMP Service Metadata Publisher Distributed Peppol registry. Used to lookup participant endpoint URLs. See for an Open Source implementation.
SP Service Provider A company or entity offering Peppol Services.
SPC Service Provider Community OpenPeppol internal group of Service Providers. See for details.
Secure Trusted Asynchronous Reliable Transport Legacy Peppol transport protocol, based on the Webservice stack. Was superseded by AS2.
TICC Codelist Team Special team that takes care of the "Peppol Policy for the use of identifiers" as well as the codelists required for document exchange.
Transport Infrastructure Agreement The contract between the Peppol user and the Peppol Authority. Since July 2022 this has been superseded by the "Peppol Agreement Framework".
Transport Infrastructure Coordinating Community Peppol internal team to manage the technical assets. See Now called EDEC.
UBL Universal Business Language An OASIS standard that defines certain XML based document types used in Peppol and the EN.
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