Peppol network and access points

The PEPPOL Network is aimed at ensuring interoperability in such a way that buyers and suppliers can exchange PEPPOL compliant documents, including eCatalogues, eOrders, eDespatch advices and eInvoices, through respective Access Points (gateways).

The file format to exchange those digital documents has been developed in the frame of the EU-funded project PEPPOL – Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line. SATA is a certified access point (Certified Access Points).

What is an Access Point?

A PEPPOL Access Point (AP) can be considered as a gateway or bridge between the open PEPPOL community and your local eProcurement community or solution. A PEPPOL AP is a software service operated by a PEPPOL AP Provider that enables transfer of business documents, such as orders and invoices, over the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure.

The PEPPOL document exchange process:

  • Issuers and receivers interact through their respective Access Points of the PEPPOL Network.
  • The issuer puts the document to forward on the Access Point where it is registered.
  • This Access Point transmits the document to the SML (Service Metadata Locator). The SML identifies the SMP (Service Metadata Publisher) and the Access Point of destination.
  • Once received the document, the destination Access Point makes it available to the receiver.

Certified Access Points.

Receiving orders and sending invoices

How to receive a customer order

The health care administrations send orders in the PEPPOL format.

As supplier you receive your orders through the SATA Access Point. The incoming orders can be visualised and downloaded (even in PDF format).

In order to import orders into your ERP system they are automatically converted by the SATA service from the PEPPOL format to the required custom format.

How to send an invoice (or a dispatch advice)

As supplier you upload the invoice on the SATA service, or edits it through its provided web form.

The invoice is validated, translated into the PEPPOL format and sent from the SATA Access Point to the receiver Access Point.

It is also allowed to upload the invoice through a custom input mode (e.g. using FTP or web services).

Few steps to start with

How to get started as user

You provide SATA with your company name and VAT code and ask to be registered as user of its Access Point.

SATA registers your company on its own SMP (Service Metadata Publisher) and receives back your PEPPOL ID.

You’re only required to inform the NHS of such a PEPPOL ID and since then you start receiving orders.

The entire procedure takes few hours (say, one day)!

How to get started as Access Point

You’ve to accreditate your company at Open PEPPOL, SATA can support you in this phase.

You provide the received production certificates on which basis SATA installs your Access Point software.

The Open PEPPOL accreditation phase takes 2 to 4 weeks.

The successive Access Point installation and start up takes few hours (say, one day).

Simple to use and to provide

As NHS supplier

Choose the service made available by SATA or by any other PEPPOL service provider (itself exploiting the SATA technology).

Simply download orders from the PEPPOL service to your accounting system; and upload invoices (and despatch advices) from your accounting system onto the PEPPOL service.

For every doc processed and transported by the PEPPOL service pay a fee whose value decreases with the number of docs.

As PEPPOL service provider

Take advantage of the extensive experience gained by SATA in the specific field.

Then exploit the SATA technology to offer NHS suppliers an easy and cheap service; and operate through the SATA AP or use the SATA technology to set up your own AP.

Apply the preferred pricing policy and simply recognize to SATA the agreed pay-per-use fee.


Q01 >> How can I register as NHS supplier on the PEPPOL Network?

>> Send your company identification data (name, VAT code) to SATYA or to another service provider using the SATA technology, SATA will register your company on the SMP of its Access Point and returns your PEPPOL ID.

Q02 >> What is the PEPPOL ID?

>> It is the unique identifier of your company for all documents sent and received via the PEPPOL Network. Every company has one and only one PEPPOL ID, obtained when registering on the Network.

Q03 >> Who shall know the PEPPOL ID of your company?

>> As supplier you must communicate the PEPPOL ID of your company to the NHS thus enabling it to issue orders including that unique identifier, as foreseen by the PEPPOL format.

Q04 >> How can I know the PEPPOL ID of the destination NHS node?

>> You must include the PEPPOL ID of the destination NHS node in all the document transported by the PEPPOL Network; you can derive that ID from the received order, or be informed by a message sent by the NHS node itself, on find it in the NHS directory.

Q05 >> How can I become a PEPPOL service provider?

>> Follow, with the SATA support, the accreditation procedure at Open PEPPOL then ask SATA to use its Access Point or to install the Access Point software to become a new Access Point.

SATA – The Company

Innovative products and services –

From research to professional services

SATA ( was founded in 1983 to introduce innovative software applications and services in small to medium businesses and public administrations.

Since 1995 SATA participates in RTD national and European projects often in the role of rapid prototype developer of advanced software products and services.

In 2000 SATA started to engineer the research prototypes to get products and services for the market. Today SATA supplies its technology to a number of partners and end users.

Semantic interpretation of PDF contents

Since 2008 SATA is specialized in the extraction of all the contents (including head, body, references and foot) from orders, delivery notes and invoices in PDF format.

This technology applies to both native (vector) and scanned (raster) PDF files. In the former case the extraction success is 100%, in the latter it is ok in the 75% of processed docs.

It is particularly exploited to transform original documents coming from legacy systems into structured forms suited to be imported and transported by standard networks.

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