fcB2B Standard

The fcB2B Technology is a set of non-proprietary specifications that define an accepted method of data interaction between trading partners, based on X12 standards. fcB2B Standards are available for the following:

  • 832 Price Catalog
  • 850 Purchase Order
  • 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgement
  • 856 Advance Shipping Notice
  • 997 Functional Acknowledgement
  • 810 Invoice

It is intended to facilitate a common starting point from which the manufacturers and their customers can establish electronic data communications. Although the standard is primarily intended for direct use by manufacturers, distributors, and their customers, third party hubs/exchanges might also choose to implement the standard as an agent for one or both trading partners to any transactions, if those parties so choose. The fcB2B standard in and of itself does not constitute any legal agreement between any of the parties using it as a method to define data communications.

The members of fcB2B continue to work together to support, implement, promote, and enhance the standard to the degree it continues to add value to their businesses and hope that those who implement it do so in good faith with the intent to simplify business transactions between trading partners. Although compliance to any portion of the standard is voluntary, the creators suggest that an accurate public disclosure of all areas of conformance or deviation to the standard be made available to anyone who wants to know.

fcB2B members and the Association hope that anyone who implements fcB2B technology will actively support and encourage widespread adoption and use of the standard as the preferred means of conducting electronic transactions. A good faith attempt will be made by fcB2B to develop materials to guide and assist the efforts of those promoting or communicating the standard and its appropriate use. fcB2B membership is open to and recommended for all interested parties and potential participants.