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Subject: Call for Consent for Universal Business Language Version 2.3 as an OASIS Standard

Version 2.3 of the leading electronic interchange format for business documents is presented in the 14-day call for consent as an OASIS Standard.

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Universal Business Language TC [1] have approved submitting the following Committee Specification to the OASIS Membership in a call for consent for OASIS Standard:

Universal Business Language Version 2.3
Committee Specification 02
25 May 2021

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. Note that Committee Specification 02 was produced to correct non-material changes discovered during the 60-day public review. This was done in accordance with the procedures outlined in section 2.8.2 of the TC Process (https://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/tc-process-2017-05-26/#OSpublicRev).


The Call for Consent opens on 02 June 2021 at 00:00 UTC and closes on 15 June 2021 at 23:59 UTC. You can access the ballot at:

Internal link for voting members: https://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/voting/ballot.php?id=3626

Publicly visible link: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=3626

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".


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 has received 4 Statements of Use from IBM, ClearView Trade, the Swedish Procurement Agency, and Philip Helger [2].


The Committee Specification and related files are available here:



Editable source:

Code lists for constraint validation:

Context/value Association files for constraint validation:

Document models of information bundles:

Default validation test environment:

XML examples:

Annotated XSD schemas:

Runtime XSD schemas:

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 Universal Business Language 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 https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/index.php?wg_abbrev=ubl

Comments submitted to the TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/

Members of the TC should send comments directly to ubl@lists.oasis-open.org.

[3] Candidate for OASIS Standard Special Majority Vote:

Special Majority Vote to approve revised CS02:

[4] Public reviews:

- 60-day public review, 02 March, 2021:
 - Comment resolution log:

- Prior public review metadata document, including timeline of previous public reviews:

[5] Statements of Use


- ClearView Trade

- Swedish Procurement Agency

- Philip Helger



Chief Technical Community Steward


+1 201-341-1393

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