Service Providers and eInvoicing

In collaboration with eInvoicing Ireland and its four sector partners across Central and Local Government, Health  and Education, the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) has established an ‘eInvoicing’ Framework agreement, from which  shared services and coordinating body facilities[1] as well as individual public bodies can access the services and solutions they need to be compliant with the European Directive 2014/55/EU and in adherence with the Irish national approach to eInvoicing. For service providers looking for further information the ‘What you need to know about eInvoicing’ factsheet offers service providers a snap shot of the national approach to eInvoicing available here and further below.

A Multi Supplier eInvoicing Framework 

Following the procurement process the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) made available the ‘Multi Supplier Framework Agreement for the provision of PEPPOL networking and eInvoicing Systems and Services to the Irish Public Sector’ to the public sector on Monday 25 March 2019 through the Buyer Zone at www.ogp.gov.ie.

The Framework has been established to support Government bodies in reaching compliance with the European Directive 2014/55/EU on electronic invoicing (eInvoicing) by the Central Government timeline of April 2019 and the Sub Central Government timeline of April 2020. Government bodies are in the process of implementing or preparing for the implementation of eInvoicing through the Framework agreement.

The Framework, has been designed to;

  1. Meet the eInvoicing requirements of the public sector, from shared services and coordinating body facilities, to individual public bodies and
  2. Cater for those looking to achieve basic compliance as well as those looking for more integrated solutions to realize longer term benefits.

The Framework therefore has multiple lots in order to address the differing needs of the respective shared service or coordinating body facilities as well as individual public bodies. The Framework development has been an extensive piece of work, building in considerations from four different sector partners, implications for suppliers and SMEs, solution providers, as well as other governance considerations and input from public sector representatives in areas such as procurement, policy, auditing, technology and data protection. Further information on the Framework is available from www.ogp.gov.ie

[1] A co-ordinating body facility refers to a set of managed administrative and/ or IT services for invoice processing that are coordinated at a commercial and/ or operational level by a particular body on behalf of a group of bodies, typically within a common segment of the public sector (e.g. The LGMA provides coordinating body facilities in relation to local and regional authorities).

eInvoicing Ireland

eInvoicing Ireland is developing different supports for those interested or involved in eInvoicing the following factsheet has been developed for service providers. Service providers looking for further information should:

  1. Register with http://www.etenders.gov.ie/
  2. Consult the eInvoicing Ireland FAQs, attached here
  3. Read the below Factsheet
  4. Log onto the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) website for details on the European Directive 2014/55/EU on eInvoicing and the European Standard (EN 16931) accessible at this link: https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/wiki/display/CEFDIGITAL/European+legislation+on+eInvoicing 

About the eInvoicing Directive 2014/55/EU

The eInvoicing Directive

  • applies to electronic invoicing in public procurement. All EU Member State contracting authorities and contracting entities are obliged ‘to receive and process electronic invoices’ which comply with the European standard (EN 16931)
  • applies to invoices relating to ‘contracts’ above EU thresholds (with the exemption of contracts declared secret or those accompanied by special security measures)
  • does NOT apply to suppliers, there is NO requirement on suppliers to submit eInvoices at this time.

It is intended that the transposition of the eInvoicing Directive into Irish legislation will include an option for sub-central contracting authorities and contracting entities to postpone the compliance deadline until April 2020. It is a matter for individual public bodies to determine whether the central or sub-central deadline applies to them, in regard to the eInvoicing Directive. Transposition of the Directive into Irish legislation is due in advance of the compliance deadline of April 2019.

Further updates and information will be added to this page as they become available.

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For specific queries please email einvoicing@ogp.gov.ie