About Nemhandel

Nemhandel is a Danish e-procurement infrastructure based on open standards. It was launched as part of a Danish Government Globalisation initiative in 2005.

A short introduction to Nemhandel

Nemhandel is an open network with its own document standards, which makes e-procurement between suppliers of goods and public authorities and institutions easy, secure and efficient.

One common standard for e-procurement makes it possible for all businesses to connect once and reach all - regardless of purchasing system or IT service provider.

e-procurement in Denmark

In Denmark electronic invoicing is mandatory for suppliers of goods and services when doing business with public authorities and public institutions. In turn, all public authorities and public institutions are capable of receiving electronic invoices which has ensured dissemination and uptake and rapidly built critical mass. Today 99 percent of all B2G invoices are electronic.

A European pioneer

Nemhandel has been a success, and in Europe a number of initiatives and projects based on the experiences from Nemhandel have been launched to push for the spread of e-invoicing across the EU.

The most significant of the European initiatives is called Peppol, which today is also used internationally. 

Nemhandel has continuously and actively participated in European and international cooperation for e-procurement. In 2017, Nemhandel began to be integrated into Peppol, and in the years 2019 and 2020, it became mandatory for all public authorities to be affiliated with the Peppol network, via the Nemhandel Register, which is also a Peppol register. From January 2022 Peppol based e-catalogues and e-orders will also be mandatory for public entities on certain categories of goods and services.


Danish legislation mandates all public authorities to be able to receive e-invoices sent in accordance with the national OIOUBL specification.  Since April 18, 2019 all public authorities have been able to receive Peppol e-onvoices via the Peppol eDelivery network.

From January 2022, e-catalogues and e-orders will mandated for public authorities and institutions when procuring certain goods and services. This legislation further mandates the sole of e-catalogues and e-orders based on the Peppol standard.

Peppol Authority

The Danish Business Authority has the role of Peppol Authority, which means that the authority is responsible for the registration of companies that wish to become an Access Point (AP) or a Service Metadata Publisher (SMP). The Danish Business Authority is also responsible for reporting, securing Denmark’s national interests, aligning overarching interests in the e-business space with other agencies, quality assurance of the operators’ services and ensuring the long-term adoption of e-procurement using the Peppol network as the platform.

Long-term agenda

The long-term goal of Danish involvement in Peppol is to:

  • Facilitate cross-border electronic trade – for both the public and private sectors.
  • Increase public sector utilisation of e-invoicing and e-procurement through the use of open standards.
  • Provide technical infrastructure to overcome the barriers that often prevent connectivity today.
  • Promote B2B e-invoicing
  • Mandate the use of e-orders and e-catalogues in public procurement.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Danish involvement in Peppol, please contact Jakob Stenfalk.