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Subject: Universal Business Language v2.1 (#UBL 2.1) published by the UBL TC

OASIS Members,

We are pleased to announce the approval and publication of a new Committee Specification by the members of the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) TC:

Universal Business Language Version 2.1
Committee Specification 1
29 June 2013


This specification defines the Universal Business Language (UBL), version 2.1. UBL is a generic XML interchange format for business documents that can be restricted or extended to meet the requirements of particular industries. 

This version includes 65 business documents used in the procurement and transportation domains (e.g.: invoices, purchase orders, waybills, transportation status messages, etc.). 

TC Description: 
The OASIS Universal Business Language technical committee is defining a royalty-free library of standard electronic XML business documents for various domains. Development is with participation from a variety of industry data standards organizations. UBL is designed to plug directly into existing business, legal, auditing, and records management practices, eliminating the re-keying of data in existing fax- and paper-based supply chains and providing an entry point into electronic commerce for small and medium-sized businesses. 

The prose specification and related files are available here:

Editable source  (Authoritative):



Distribution ZIP files

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of each prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP files here:


Members of the Universal Business Language (UBL) Technical Committee [1] requested a Special Majority Vote to approve this specification as a Committee Specification. 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 approved CS1 is now available online in the OASIS Library as referenced above.

Our congratulations to the TC on achieving this milestone. 

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

[1] Universal Business Language (UBL) TC 

[2] Public reviews: 
- 15-day public review, 23 May 2013: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201305/msg00013.html
  Comment resolution log: http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/prd4-UBL-2.1/prd4-UBL-2.1-comment-disposition.html
- 15-day public review, 15 March 2013: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201303/msg00005.html
  Comment resolution log: http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/prd3-UBL-2.1/prd3-UBL-2.1-comment-disposition.html
- 30-day public review, 25 August 2011:https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201108/msg00010.html
- 60-day public review, 25 September 2010: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/201009/msg00026.html

[3] Approval ballot: 


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