Implementation and Management Approach
e-PRIOR is implemented using RUP@EC and is done through different iterations. So far, e-Invoicing, e-Catalogues and e-Ordering have been implemented and are in production. Large suppliers (or their service providers) are asked to connect to the e-PRIOR web services, while SMEs can use the Supplier Portal.
The rest of the full post-awarding procurement process is currently being implemented
- Sourcing (requests for quotation)
- Fulfilment (despatch advice)
- Payment (reminder)
In the meantime, the feasibility of pre-award e-Procurement is being studied.
The name of this e-Procurement solution is e-PRIOR, an acronym for electronic PRocurement, Invoicing and ORdering. This solution allows lare suppliers to use web services for uploading and downloading XML messages: catalogues, orders, invoices, disputes, credit notes, etc.
SMEs can use the Supplier Portal.
The standard for formats and business processes is currently based on CEN/BII 2 specifications (see http://www.cen.eu/CEN/sectors/sectors/isss/activity/Pages/ws_bii.aspx), based on UBL 2.0.
An open-source version - Open e-PRIOR - is freely available on https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/software/openeprior/home