E-invoicing standard comes into force in UK

An e-invoicing standard has come into force for all central government departments.

The UK government has implemented an EU directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement through The Public Procurement (Electronic Invoices etc) Regulations 2019.

A Procurement Policy Note (PPN) from the Cabinet Office said: “Contracting authorities and other contracting entities (utilities) are now required to receive and process supplier invoices that comply with the technical e-invoicing standard developed under the Directive.”

The requirements apply to central government with immediate effect, while local government and utilities have until 18 April 2020 to comply “but may voluntarily do so earlier”, said the PPN.

“The Regulations require contracting authorities and entities to include in their contracts an express term which obliges them to accept and process undisputed invoices that comply with the technical e-invoicing standard,” said the PPN.

“The Directive aims to address the use of varied e-invoicing formats across the member states through the introduction of a standard. These varied formats cause unnecessary complexity and additional operating costs for businesses, public contracting bodies and contracting entities.”

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