If you are a medical or in-vitro device supplier, to be compliant with the UK Department of Health’s e-procurement strategy, you will need to have made a commitment to PEPPOL by September 2016.
Looking at the current situation, it would appear that some suppliers are ready, but many are not. Some are GS1 compliant but haven’t joined PEPPOL, while others have signed up to PEPPOL access points but have not taken the additional necessary steps.
With the UK Department of Health exerting greater pressure, finding an access point provider must be taken seriously. Whether you are a supplier or a NHS trust, in order to establish a connection to the PEPPOL network, you will need to choose a PEPPOL access point provider. Before you commit, there are a number of considerations in relation to finding the best provider: