In April 2014 the EU Directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement was approved by the European Council. The scope of the Directive is public procurement and it applies only to electronic invoices issued by supplier to whom the public sector contracts or concession contracts have been awarded. The objective of the Directive is to remove cross border barriers with systems due to different national rules and standards.
The Directive gives assurances to businesses that their compliant eInvoices will be accepted by public authorities throughout the EU. Central Government and National Health Service (NHS) have until November 2018 to adopt the Directive, however all other public bodies, including Local Authorities and Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), have the possibility to postpone this deadline by a further twelve months.
Should you require further information regarding the Scottish Government eInvoicing Programme then please email the eInvoicing team mailbox.