23 May 2002
Plans for the whole UK public sector to use the same computer language for online purchasing have been welcomed by a government-backed e-procurement advisory network.
The Office of Government Commerce and the Office of the e-Envoy said the best choice would be BASDA eBis XML, produced by a non-profit organisation, which would enable suppliers to trade electronically with the public sector at minimal cost.
They said that adoption of the language would remove the risk of misinterpretation of data between systems across the supply chain.
David Eakin, professional services director of the BuyIT network, said the move would benefit private-sector companies supplying local authorities, NHS trusts and other public-sector bodies.
It could also be a model for private-sector procurement, he said.
“Hopefully it will put suppliers on a more level playing field, and even if it is not rigidly enforced, it might help to drive industry down that route as well,” said Eakin.