What is Peppol?

Peppol is a set of specifications that enables trading partners to exchange electronic supply chain documents, such as purchase orders and invoices, across a network of businesses that all meet the same eProcurement standards.

The use of Peppol is governed by a multi-lateral agreement structure which is owned and maintained by OpenPeppol AISBL.
The cross-industry OpenPeppol community is made up of over 450 leading public and private sector organisations.

You can find out more on the Peppol website.



Peppol-certified provider for healthcare transactions

As a Peppol-certified service provider, GHX provides Peppol connectivity enabling the exchange of electronic documents based on the Peppol business interoperability specifications.

We work with leading healthcare suppliers and providers to enable the compliant exchange of purchase orders, purchase order acknowledgements, advanced ship notices, invoices and other documents over the Peppol eDelivery Network.


Implementing Peppol in England and Europe

In England, the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) has mandated the use of Peppol for healthcare suppliers as part of its Scan4Safety initiative.

Other countries across Europe are also in the process of adopting Peppol. GHX is keeping up with developments in individual countries through our healthcare industry network and participation in the OpenPeppol community.

We’ll share any updates as they become available, so remember to check this page regularly and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Meeting the DHSC mandate for Peppol

GHX fully supports the DHSC’s requirements for healthcare suppliers and providers wishing to transact via the Peppol eDelivery network.

We believe these specifications and relating standards are necessary to support improved reliability and patient safety within our industry.

Find out how we are helping our customers meet the DHSC mandate for Peppol

Requirements for suppliers and providers

Requirements for suppliers

To enable the compliant exchange of transactions over the Peppol eDelivery Network, suppliers to the NHS in England must have assigned GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs) to their organisation (Legal Entity) and significant locations.

Suppliers must also be capable of receiving purchase orders, acknowledging purchase order receipt using order responses, and sending invoices, all carrying GS1 GLNs and, where available, Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTINs).

Requirements for providers

All NHS England providers must have assigned and communicated their Level 1 Global Location Number (GLN) and all relevant ‘Ship To’ and ‘Invoice To’ GLNs. Adoption of GLNs is required so that suppliers can reliably identify trading partners locations.

Providers must also be capable of sending purchase orders and receiving order responses and invoices.

In England, GS1 is working with providers to help set up GLNs. You can find out more in this GS1 guide:

How to… Create and use Global Location Numbers (GLNs)

Why choose GHX as your Peppol service provider?

Experience you
can trust



As a leading provider of healthcare supply chain solutions for nearly 20 years, we’ve made it our business to provide our customers with compliant, efficient and reliable exchange services.

We’re trusted by some of the biggest names in healthcare and facilitate the exchange of over 100,000 orders and invoices every day.

Patient safety is paramount and we help support this by making sure hospitals consistently receive the right product, in the right place, at the right time.

Setting the standard for supply chain services



We don’t settle for second-rate service and we don’t expect our customers to either.

Our own high standards for providing consistent, compliant supply chain services directly align with the DHSC’s mandated requirements for the adoption of Peppol in England.

Find out how we're supporting the DHSC mandate for Peppol in England

Technology that keeps you connected



Technology is at the heart of GHX and we’ve made significant investment in our platform to enable Peppol connectivity and maximise use of our customers’ existing connections.

GHX is an established Peppol-certified service provider, enabling the efficient transfer of electronic transactions across the Peppol eDelivery Network via our Exchange.

We also hold AS4 certification, which means GHX meets the latest industry standard for secure online messaging and communication across the Peppol network.

Leading the way for Peppol in Europe

As an active contributor to the OpenPeppol community, we’ll be working with our cross-industry counterparts to help clarify specifications and processes in support of continuing implementation and success of Peppol.

We’ll provide regular updates on the progress we’re making in helping to define standards for the healthcare industry. Read our latest update:

An opportunity to help shape standards for healthcare procurement across Europe


If you have any questions about how GHX is working to implement Peppol, please get in touch.