What is an EDI document standard?

EDI data is interpreted by computers instead of humans. As a result of this EDI standards were created to help computers understand EDI documents depending on the use caseThe different EDI standards are different interpretations of how EDI should be formatted.  Below are examples of EDI document standards with descriptions.

UN/EDIFACT

EDIFACT stands for Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport. EDIFACT is accepted as the international EDI standard that has been adopted by… Learn more

EANCOM

GS1 EANCOM® is a GS1 subset of the UN/EDIFACT standard (United Nations Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport). It contains only the message elements required by business applications and mandated by the syntax. Omitted are optional elements not relevant for GS1 users.

ANSI ASC X12

The Accredited Standards Committee X12 is a standards organization. Chartered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1979… Learn more

Tradacoms

Tradacoms is an early standard for EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) primarily used in the UK retail sector… Learn more

ODETTE

The organisation develops tools and recommendations that improve the flow of goods, services product data and business information across the whole automotive value chain.

RosettaNet

RosettaNet is a consortium of major Computer and Consumer Electronics, Electronic Components, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Logistics companies working to create and implement industry-wide, open e-business process standards.

VICS

The Voluntary Inter-industry Commerce Standard is used by the general merchandise retail industry across North America. It is a subset of the ANSI ASC X12 national standard.

HIPAA

The standards are meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the North American health care system by encouraging the widespread use of EDI in the U.S health care system. The HIPAA EDI transaction sets are based on ANSI X12.

SWIFT

SWIFT operates a worldwide financial messaging network which exchanges messages between banks and financial institutions.

VDA

VDA develops standards and best practices to serve the needs of companies within the German automotive industry.