On September 25th, during the meeting between the MEF, the Regions and the Trade Associations in view of the entry into force of the obligation to send the Order electronically through NSO – Order Sorting Node the extension of the start date has been approved, and it will be staggered to allow a gradual change:

  • 1° February 2020 electronic order for the purchase of goods by the institutions of the NHS
  • 1° January 2021 non-payment of invoices relating to goods that do not contain a reference to the electronic order
  • The departure of electronic orders for service purchases is further postponed.

The new ministerial decree, necessary to make changes to the current text of the law (MEF Decree of 7 December 2018), will be formalized after 1 October 2019.

The NSO platform remains usable on a voluntary basis if the Entity and the Supplier are already able to proceed with sending and receiving electronic orders.

On 1st October 2019 it will enter into force for the companies of the National Health Service, as well as for those who make purchases on behalf of these entities, the obligation to send exclusively electronically, through the Order Sorting Node (NSO), the documents attesting orders for the purchase of goods or services and their execution. The law prohibits, from that moment, to use the previous channels of transmission of order documents; invoices relating to purchase orders cannot be liquidated if the new procedure has not been complied with.

The Order Sorting Node, created on the basis of the provisions contained in the 2018 Budget Law, is a digital document transmission platform managed by Sogei on behalf of the State Accounting Department of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, integrated with the National Data Bank of Public Contracts and with the SDI – Interchange System.

Three types of order will be managed through the NSO:

TESISQUARE® Integration Brokerage platform allows healthcare PA suppliers to communicate with the Order Sorting Node to integrate incoming electronic orders on their ERP and return the necessary answers (confirmations, proposals, …).

Moreover, through the collaborative portal of the TESISQUARE Platform, it is possible to manage the entire order cycle “procure-to-pay”.


for the Public Administration

  • Increased efficiency, traceability and speed of the purchasing process.
  • Real-time verification of the orders that have been placed and the related costs.
  • Greater simplicity in monitoring the costs of public spending.
  • Reduction of waste and inefficiencies.

for Suppliers

  • Reduction of manual data entry activities.
  • Digitization of the sales process.
  • Real-time control of the entire cycle of goods deliveries in the healthcare facility warehouse.
  • Convey orders directly to the company’s ERP system.

Link to NSO Technical Rules (Italian Only)


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