Business Document Envelope Version 1.1 published by 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 1.1
Committee Specification 01
05 December 2016

What is Business Document Envelope and why is it important?

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.

This is an OASIS deliverable, completed and approved by the TC and fully ready for testing and implementation.

About 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. Wherever possible, the TC specifications are based on profiles of existing standards from OASIS and elsewhere. BDXR TC members also coordinate the submission of new requirements as use cases for expanded functionality.

All those involved in e-procurement and e-invoicing are invited to participate in the BDXR TC, including public and private sector agencies, enterprises, solution providers, consultants, and researchers. E-payment actors including financial institutions, associations and payment networks should also be represented in this work.

The prose specifications and related files are available here:

Editable source (Authoritative):



BDE Model:

XML schema:

XML schema runtime:

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:

- 15-day public review, 04 October 2016:
- Comment resolution log:

- 30-day public review, 21 April 2016:
- Comment resolution log:

[3] Approval ballot:

Associated TC: 
Business Document Exchange (BDXR)