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.


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


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.


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


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


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 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.


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.


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


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