NHS sets hard deadline of September for e-ordering… are you compliant?

03 April 2018

Healthcare companies who are not fully PEPPOL compliant by September 2018 may not be able to continue to supply products to the NHS, and it is estimated that only 5% of SME’s are currently ready for this, according to Kodit Solutions.

PEPPOL is the system the NHS has mandated for e-Procurement and e-Invoicing, as well as the international  GS1 standard, and enables the NHS and its private providers to share electronic trading documents over a European-wide network – providing a standardised network for electronic ordering, invoicing and shipping.

Suppliers will need to show to NHS buyers that they can receive purchase orders in PEPPOL format, and send back an invoice by 31st March 2018, with a final deadline of September 30th 2018.

Kodit through partnership with IBM have developed an international solution with two options; to either integrate PEPPOL into companies’ existing ordering systems or to provide access to their own PEPPOL portal.

This portal is priced at £495 per year and comes with a licence and 100 messages. Further message packs can be purchased, and the software can be ready to use within five days of its set up – the latter solution also means companies can avoid integration costs.

Kodit also keep track of evolving legislation regarding new NHS e-Procurement strategy, and because Kodit’s solution is cloud based, PEPPOL can be seamlessly updated to reflect the new legislation.

Craig Story, the global lead for PEPPOL, based at Kodit said: “It’s vital that companies are ready for the PEPPOL compliance deadlines facing suppliers to the NHS and their e-procurement systems. With so many SME’s unprepared, it’s worrying that many may see their NHS contracts terminated.

“We’ve worked hard to develop a trusted solution with IBM that is hassle-free and effective for companies. At Kodit we like to pride ourselves on our experience, our service and our advice.”

Further detail around PEPPOL compliance can be found in this online video.

You can also view information on the Kodit website.

For further information please contact Craig Story of Kodit on cstory@kodit.com, or 01244 940181