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Call for Consent for Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) V1.0 as an OASIS Standard

Business document electronic header standard developed jointly by UN/CEFACT and OASIS is presented to members as a candidate for OASIS Standard.

The OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC members [1] have approved submitting the following Committee Specification to the OASIS Membership in a call for consent for OASIS Standard:

Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0
Committee Specification 03
13 December 2020

This is a call to the primary or alternate representatives of OASIS Organizational Members to consent or object to this approval. You are welcome to register your consent explicitly on the ballot; however, your consent is assumed unless you register an objection [2]. To register an objection, you must:

  1. Indicate your objection on this ballot, and
  2. Provide a reason for your objection and/or a proposed remedy to the TC.

You may provide the reason in the comment box or by email to the Technical Committee on its comment mailing list or, if you are a member of the TC, to the TC’s mailing list. If you provide your reason by email, please indicate in the subject line that this is in regard to the Call for Consent.

This Committee Specification was approved by the Technical Committee and was submitted for the required 60-day public review [3]. All requirements of the OASIS TC Process having been met [4][5], the Committee Specification is now submitted to the voting representatives of OASIS Organizational Members.


The Call for Consent opens on 12 April 2021 at 00:00 UTC and closes on 25 April 2021 at 23:59 UTC. You can access the ballot at:

Internal link for voting members:

Publicly visible link:

OASIS members should ensure that their organization’s voting representative responds according to the organization’s wishes. If you do not know the name of your organization’s voting representative is, go to the My Account page at

then click the link for your Company (at the top of the page) and review the list of users for the name designated as “Primary”.


The Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) has been developed jointly by UN/CEFACT and OASIS as the successor to the UN/CEFACT Standard Business Document Header (SBDH) version 1.3 and the OASIS Business Document Envelope (BDE) Version 1.1.

XHE defines a business-oriented artefact either referencing (as a header) or containing (as an envelope) a payload of one or more business documents or other artefacts with supplemental semantic information about the collection of payloads as a whole. An exchange header envelope describes contextual information important to the sender and receiver about the payloads, without having to modify the payloads in any fashion. This vocabulary is modeled using the UN/CEFACT Core Component Technical Specification Version 2.01.

The TC received 4 Statements of Use from IBM, ph-xhe open source project, Chasquis Consulting, and Efact [5].


The Committee Specification and related files are available here:

Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0
Committee Specification 03
13 December 2020

Editorial source (Authoritative)



For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the
specification document and any related files in ZIP distribution files. You can download the ZIP file at:

Additional information

[1] OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC

TC IPR page

[2] Comments may be submitted to the TC through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility as explained in the instructions located at

Comments submitted to the TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at

Members of the TC should send comments directly to

[3] Candidate for OASIS Standard Special Majority Vote:

[4] Public reviews:

15-day public review, 02 November 2020:

60-day public review, 10 February 2021:

  • Comment resolution log: TBD – no comments received

[5] Statements of Use