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Scotland gets ready for EU eInvoicing Directive

Monday 19th November, 2018

As a result of a recent public consultation on electronic invoicing the Scottish Government will proceed with the implementation of European Directive 2014/55/EU on Electronic Invoicing in Public Procurement.

The EU Directive will be implemented through an amendment to the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations and will come into force 18 April 2019.

The aim of the Directive is to ensure that Scottish public bodies are in a position to automatically receive and process electronic invoices from suppliers for all contracts regulated by the European Public Procurement Directives.

The Scottish Government is providing eInvoicing capability through its national purchase-to-pay (P2P) platform, PECOS, which is available to all Scottish public bodies.

Central contracting authorities (in Schedule 1 of the Public Contract (Scotland) Regulations 2015) must comply with the Directive no later than 18 April 2019. All other sub-central contracting authorities will have a further twelve months to comply with the Directive (no later than 18 April 2020).

To date there are 17 public bodies using the Scottish Government eInvoicing solution and over 412,000 invoices have been captured delivering approximately £5.4 million of transactional efficiency savings.

The government asked for views on the introduction of electronic invoicing to the Scottish public sector and held a public consultation which was open for 12 weeks from 1st August 2018.