The Parliamentary Inquiry into e-invoicing in the public sector was established by Stephen McPartland MP.  His report, launched in Parliament on 1st May 2014, concluded that £2billion a year could be saved. Together with the UKNEF (UK National e-Invoicing Forum) and BIS, he has also pushed for the establishment of a revised version of the original BASDA Interoperability Charter to support Government steps towards greater interoperability.

Interoperability Charter for Public SectorToday, at The Government Procurement Summit, the revised Charter will be launched.

The UKNeF Interoperability Charter for the Public Sector is aimed at service providers, public sector buying entities and large suppliers to the public sector. The intention is for signatories to agree to interoperate for any public sector electronic documents so that suppliers do not have to sign up to multiple networks.d Charter will be launched.

BASDA fully supports the Charter and it is our belief that any service provider offering e-invoicing or e-procurement services to the public sector should be a signatory.

Current signatories include:

  • Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Crown Commercial Service
  • Department of Health
  • Northern Ireland Department of Finance & Personnel
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Plc
  • Business Application Software Developers Association (BASDA)
  • Vocalink
  • Identrust
  • Basware
  • Causeway Technologies
  • Taulia UK Ltd.
  • Elcom
  • Regify s.a.
  • CloudTrade
  • Esker Ltd.
  • Cloudbuy
  • Information Economy Exchange Ltd.
  • Opus Trust Marketing Ltd.


  • Forum of Private Business
  • Institute of Credit Management
  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Payments Council

Any organisation interested in becoming a signatory can email a signed copy to UKNeF Chair, Nigel Taylor.

Download the Interoperability Charter for the Public Sector