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Invitation to comment on Universal Business Language (#UBL) V2.3 before call for consent as OASIS Standard – ends May 1st

The leading electronic interchange format for business documents enters the 60-day public review that precedes the call for consent as an OASIS Standard.

OASIS and the Universal Business Language TC [1] are pleased to announce that Universal Business Language Version 2.3 Committee Specification 01 is now available for public review and comment.

UBL is the leading electronic interchange format for business documents. It is designed to operate within a standard business framework such as ISO/IEC 15000 (ebXML) to provide a complete, standards-based infrastructure that can extend the benefits of existing EDI systems to businesses of all sizes.

The European Commission has declared UBL officially eligible for referencing in tenders from public administrations, and in 2015 UBL was approved as ISO/IEC 19845:2015.

Specifically, UBL provides:

  • A suite of structured business objects and their associated semantics expressed as reusable data components and common business documents.
  • A library of schemas for reusable data components such as Address, Item, and Payment, the common data elements of everyday business documents.
  • A set of schemas for common business documents such as Order, Despatch Advice, and Invoice that are constructed from the UBL library components and can be used in generic procurement and transportation contexts.

Version 2.3 is a minor revision to v2.2 that preserves backwards compatibility with previous v2.# versions. It adds new document types, bringing the total number of UBL business documents to 91.

The TC has received 4 Statements of Use from IBM, ClearView Trade, the Swedish Procurement Agency, and Philip Helger [3].

The candidate specification and related files are available here:

Universal Business Language Version 2.3
Committee Specification 01
19 January 2021

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Public Review Period

The 60-day public review is open now and ends 01 May 2021 at 23:59 UTC.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility as explained in the instructions located via the button labeled “Send A Comment” at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:

Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:

All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of “Universal Business Language Version 2.3,” we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member’s patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification.

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC’s work.


[1] OASIS Universal Business Language TC

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[3] Statements of Use:


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