Accredited Standards Committee X12

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Accredited Standards Committee X12


The group authorized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and maintain the EDI Standards used primarily in the United States. (See also: ANSI; ANSI ASC-X12; American National Standards Institute).

The Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12) is an officially recognized group by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is responsible for developing and maintaining the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Standards primarily used in the United States. EDI is an electronic method of exchanging business information between companies and trading partners in a structured and standardized format.

ASC X12 is dedicated to creating and updating the EDI standards to ensure compatibility and interoperability between different information systems used in commercial transactions. These EDI standards establish the formats and rules for transmitting information, as well as define the different types of business documents such as invoices, orders, or delivery reports.

Practical Use Case:
One practical use case of ASC X12 standards is in the field of electronic commerce between suppliers and retailers. Let’s assume a logistics company uses EDI to transmit delivery information to various retail stores. This company can utilize ASC X12 standards to create and send standardized EDI documents, such as delivery reports, containing detailed information about the delivered products, quantities, prices, etc. These documents can then be automatically processed by retailers without manual intervention.

Sample Script Code:

// Connect to the EDI server
var connection = EDIconnect.connect(“edi_server_address”, “username”, “password”);

// Create an EDI document according to ASC X12 standard
var document = EDIconnect.createDocument(“ASC X12”, “DeliveryReport”);

// Add information to the document
document.addField(“OrderNumber”, “12345”);
document.addField(“DeliveryDate”, “2023-06-30”);
document.addField(“Product”, “Office Desk”);
document.addField(“Quantity”, “5”);

// Send the EDI document
EDIconnect.sendDocument(connection, document);


Best Practices:

  1. Ensure you have access to the latest versions of ASC X12 standards to benefit from all improvements and error corrections.
  2. Use specialized tools and solutions like the EDIconnect platform to simplify and automate the implementation and management of EDI standards.
  3. Strictly adhere to the formats and rules of ASC X12 standards to ensure interoperability with your business partners.
  4. Maintain open communication with your partners to quickly identify and resolve any issues related to EDI data exchange.

To successfully implement ASC X12 standards and leverage efficient EDI solutions, you can rely on EDIconnect, an EDI solution provider. EDIconnect offers the necessary tools and support to achieve seamless integration and efficient management of EDI processes in accordance with ASC X12 standards.