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Subject: 60-day Public Review for Universal Business Language Version 2.2 COS01 - ends June 23rd

OASIS members and other interested parties, 

Members of the OASIS Universal Business Language TC [1] have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot [2] to advance Universal Business Language Version 2.2 as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS). The COS now enters a 60-day public review period in preparation for the member call to consider its approval as an OASIS Standard.

The Universal Business Language (UBL) is an open library of standard electronic XML business documents for procurement and transportation such as purchase orders, invoices, transport logistics and waybills. 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.

Version 2.2 is completely backward-compatible with UBL 2.0. UBL is freely available to everyone without legal encumbrance or licensing fees.

The TC has received 3 Statements of Use from JAVEST, the eSENS eTendering pilot, and the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) [3]. 

The prose specifications and related files are available at:

Universal Business Language Version 2.2
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
22 April 2018

Editable source (Authoritative): 



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:

ZIP distribution file (complete):

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 at:


Public Review Period:

The 60-day public review begins 25 April 2018 at 00:00 UTC and ends 23 June 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility as explained in the instructions located via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of “Universal Business Language Version 2.2,” we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. 

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.


[1] OASIS Universal Business Language TC 

[2] https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ballot.php?id=3200

[3] Statements of Use: 

JAVEST: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/201803/msg00025.html 

eSENS eTendering pilot: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl-comment/201804/msg00000.html 

Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi): https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ubl/201804/msg00003.html 

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/ipr.php
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Chet Ensign
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OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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