OFS Portal and its Members believe that the use of best practices, open industry eCommerce standards and consistent business processes are the major keys to achieving the full value from eCommerce and we strongly support, promote and use PIDX standards.


Since our inception, OFS Portal, our Members, and industry’s leaders at the forefront of eCommercehave worked closely with PIDX International, actively assisting their efforts to develop appropriate eCommerce standards for content, business processes and messages and document transport.

Over 4,000 catalog product and service templates have been adopted by PIDX. All of the PIDX-adopted templates are mapped to the latest UNSPSC code set, and are being progressively adopted by the industry as a reliable standard in which General Ledger coding and Spend Analytics by all industry participants can be based. OFS Portal was instrumental in supporting our Membership and other interested parties in the industry as they developed the templates.

For further information on PIDX standards, or to join with OFS Portal as a Member of this important standards body, please visit their website.


For many years OFS Portal has directly, and through PIDX, worked with the European Union’s various bodies promoting eCommerce. Initially this was in the area of standardization of eCatalogues at the EU’s own standards setting body CEN/CENELEC  (previously CEN/ISSS ), and then expanded into developing many other business document standards ensuring that the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry’s needs are covered in the development of these standards. All CEN/CENELEC standards are forwarded to, and developed in coordination with UNCEFACT, with goals of developing global standards.

OFS Portal’s recent focus in Europe has been around the efforts to harmonize eInvoicing and expand its adoption across the European Community, taking into account the complex VAT regulations that exist.

OFS Portal has been recognized as such a significant source of expertise in this area and was paid to provide consultancy services to assist the European Commission in its efforts to write a set of the related technical documents.

Please visit the CEN/CENELEC website for further information.

Other Standards

OFS Portal also works with other industry groups, such as UNSPSC and UN/CEFACT, to develop new – or assist in the convergence of – various existing industry standards appropriate for the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry. OFS Portal also contributed significantly to the PIDX initiative to update the UNSPSC code set for Segment 71, Mining and Oil & Gas Services, as these are particularly relevant to our membership.

For information on UNSPSC and their latest UNSPSC code set, please visit their website.

For more information concerning OFS Portal’s efforts in the area of eCommerce standards, such as content, business messaging and business process standards, please contact us.

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