Business Document Envelope V1.0 Committee Specification 01 published by the OASIS Business Document Exchange (#BDXR) TC

OASIS is pleased to announce the approval and publication of a new Committee Specification by the members of the OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC

Business Document Envelope Version 1.0
Committee Specification 01
02 August 2015


This specification defines a business-oriented artefact enveloping a payload of one or more business documents or other artefacts with supplemental semantic information about the collection of payloads as a whole. This is distinct from any transport-layer infrastructure envelope that may be required to propagate documents from one system to another.

A business document envelope describes contextual information important to the sender and receiver about the payloads, without having to modify the payloads in any fashion.

Description of the TC:

The OASIS BDXR TC advances an open standards framework to support public e-procurement and e-invoicing. The group defines specifications for a lightweight and federated messaging infrastructure that supports a 4-corner model for the secure and reliable exchange of electronic documents.

The prose specifications and related files are available here:

Editable source (Authoritative):





Runt-time 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:

Members of the OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC [1] approved this specification by Special Majority Vote. The specification had been released for public review as required by the TC Process [2]. The vote to approve as a Committee Specification passed [3], and the document is now available online in the OASIS Library as referenced above.

Our congratulations to the TC on achieving this milestone and our thanks to the reviewers who provided feedback on the specification drafts to help improve the quality of the work.

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC

[2] Public reviews:
- 30-day public review, 27 March 2015:
- Comment resolution log:

- 15-day public review, 26 June 2015:
- Comment resolution log:

[3] Approval ballot:

Associated TC: 
Business Document Exchange (BDXR)