With approval from the invoice recipient, transmitting invoices electronically is practicable in most EU countries, for example in accordance with German Law (§ 14 par. 1 associated with par. 3 UStG) from July 1st, 2011.
The simplified handling of invoice processing according to the revised standards is the result of a European Union guideline. The legislature stated specifically that the electronic invoicing is seen as legally equal with invoice transmission on paper, because a certified electronic signature is not required in either case.
Electronically transmitted invoices ensure efficient invoice processing and saves resources. B. Braun has converted a large part of its IT systems to enable the receipt of invoices by e-mail in a PDF file.
In order to legally create the possibility of electronic invoice transmissions for suppliers and service providers, B. Braun offers an agreement. This agreement enables invoicing to subsidiary companies and defines the form of the transmission by e-mail. We are convinced that if invoicing is simplified, it unlocks potential on both sides and promotes good cooperation between business partners.