The eP7 agency has as its mission the development and maintenance of interoperable standards for data exchange used in public procurement and supply chain management in the healthcare industry. These standards are developed and maintained according to the methods and principles adopted by UN/CEFACT, the United Nations Centre for trade facilitation, and eBusiness standards development.
UN/CEFACT defines a collection of standards which can be implemented in all UN member countries and it leaves national and/or sectoral level adoption to maintenance agencies such as eP7. eP7 also harmonizes standards with inter-sectoral bodies such as CLEEP, Edibuild Europe and CEN/eBES.
The expected result of this work is the complete automated document processing both on the contracting authority as well as the bidders sides. This automation can bring the benefits of a fully paperless process.
The work consists of profiling UN/CEFACT data exchange standards to meet the needs of the supply chain management in the healthcare industry. In order to achieve this, a simple principle is applied, namely the exchange of a unique document, the “document of contract composition”. This profile of the UN/CEFACT standard is called UN/CEFACT-eP7 (“eP” for “eProcurement”, “7” for the semantic layer).
The profiling of UN/CEFACT to the healthcare sector is a continuous process as it must be scalable to reflect changing practices. With this purpose in mind, the agency adopted an ad hoc organization comprising experts who are actively involved in the development of UN/CEFACT standards, and users from the healthcare industry.
At last, the agency is not only publishing and maintaining the format and content of the “document of contract composition” but it also guarantees trust for the stakeholders through arbitration rules.