The latest version of the electronic interchange format for business documents is now an OASIS Standard.
OASIS is pleased to announce the publication of its newest OASIS Standard, approved by the members on 15 June 2021:
Universal Business Language Version 2.3
15 June 2021
Universal Business Language (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 received 4 Statements of Use from IBM, ClearView Trade, the Swedish Procurement Agency, and Philip Helger.
The OASIS Standard and all related files are available here:
Editable source (Authoritative):
Code lists for constraint validation:
Context/value Association files for constraint validation:
Document models of information bundles:
Default validation test environment:
Annotated XSD schemas:
Runtime XSD schemas:
Distribution ZIP file
For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:
Our congratulations to the members of the UBL TC on achieving this milestone.