Falls Church, VA February 13, 2008 – The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 (www.x12.org), a cross-industry data exchange standards body, has collaborated with The GS1 organization (www.gs1.org), a leading global organization dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions, to develop a cross-industry implementation guideline relating to electronic data interchange over the Internet (EDIINT).

These recommended implementation guidelines provide for the secure delivery of EDI or XML data or any other electronic commerce messages using Internet transport, such as payments, electronic patient records and other HIPAA transaction requirements. They define communications methods that may be used to transfer electronic messages and data between companies. Although they were developed primarily to support direct trading partner transmissions, they may also be used with VANs, e-Marketplaces or Exchanges.

This implementation guide provides detailed information to:
* A comprehensive “cross-industry” guide to recommend the parameters and settings in software compliant to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards of EDIINT The Applicability Statements - AS1, AS2, and AS3.
* Provide information to industry groups seeking recommended parameters and settings in EDIINT software that will optimize their industry’s specific and unique needs for efficiency, reliability, and security in electronic commerce message transport.
* Specify a minimum set of settings and parameters in EDIINT compliant software that will not compromise “cross-industry” needs in reliable messaging with an emphasis on proper security achieving messaging privacy, authentication, integrity and non-repudiation of origin and receipt.
* Specify decision criteria in choosing the appropriate protocol (between AS1, AS2, AS3) to implement in a given selected industry and trading partner scenarios.

GS1 organization contributed and initiated the process with ASC X12 for enhancement from an industry to a cross-industry guideline. The development by ASC X12 started in November 2006 and completed and approved September 2007.

The Guideline on Implementing EDIINT for Secure and Reliable Internet Transport of Messages is available by ordering online via www.x12.org, click on Publication & X12 Standards under Quick Links and click on the EC/EDI Publications tab. If you have questions, call (888) 363-2334 or Email: publications@disa.org.

About ASC X12
The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1979, develops electronic data interchange (EDI) standards and related documents for national and global markets. With more than 315 X12 EDI standards and a growing collection of X12 XML schemas, ASC X12 enhances business processes, reduces costs and expands organizational reach. ASC X12’s diverse member base includes 3,000+ standards experts representing over 330 companies from multiple business domains. To learn more about ASC X12 and how to participate in its vital standards-setting role for health care, insurance, transportation, finance, government and many other industries, visit www.x12.org or call 703-970-4480.

About GS1
GS1 is a leading global organization dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across sectors. The GS1 system of standards is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world. GS1 is a fully integrated global organization with over 30 years experience in global standards. GS1 offers a range of products, services and solutions to fundamentally improve efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains. GS1 operates in multiple sectors and industries. To learn more about GS1, visit www.gs1.org.