X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute for more than 40 years, develops and maintains EDI standards and XML schemas which drive business processes globally. X12's diverse membership includes technologists and business process experts in health care, insurance, transportation, finance, government, supply chain and other industries.

X12 members meet regularly to develop and maintain EDI standards that streamline and facilitate consistent electronic interchange of business transactions, such as order placement and processing, shipping and receiving information, invoicing, payment and cash application data. With more than 320 transaction standards available for use, X12 standards can be used to conduct nearly every facet of business-to-business operations.

X12 is led by diverse leadership groups, including a Board of Directors and Steering Committee. The Board is responsible for X12's organizational and business affairs. The Steering Committee oversees operational activities related to the development and publication of EDI Standards and related work products.

Corporate Mission and Principles

Corporate Mission

X12 is an ANSI-accredited, consensus-based, non-profit organization focusing on the development, implementation, and ongoing use of interoperable electronic data interchange standards.

Corporate Principles

In support of our mission, X12 will:

  • Publish high-quality consensus-based standards that are simple, efficient, responsive to the needs of stakeholders, and delivered in a timely manner.
  • Promote consistent and precise use of standards with supporting offerings, education, and collaboration incubators.
  • Evolve our work products to accommodate advancements in technology with consideration of the impact to the existing user base.
  • Collaborate with other organizations, including related standards organizations, to reduce redundancy, increase interoperability, and provide clear information to implementers.
  • Maintain comprehensive policies and procedures for organizational activities.
  • Establish a financial model that ensures the fiscal health of the organization.

Approved September 20, 2016

ASC Mission and Principles


  • To develop high quality e-commerce standards in an open consensus environment
  • To drive the adoption and implementation of the standards we develop
  • To collaborate with other standards bodies to ensure our standards are interoperable
  • To promote and provide education about the standards we develop


  • Provide high-quality standards that are responsive to the needs of the standards user and delivered in a timely manner.
  • Develop standards that are simple, efficient in use, and support as broad a user base as possible. The standards must be functionally specific and unambiguous to the standards user so that only one standard is available to satisfy the intended use.
  • Emphasize, as our primary responsibility, the development and maintenance of standards. However, we must also promote the expanded and proper use of the standards without interfering with the development and maintenance process.
  • Manage the evolution of EDI standards to accommodate change and introduce new technology while ensuring an orderly and acceptable transition within the existing user base.
  • Defined architecture with comprehensive and effective rules and procedures for standards development and maintenance and must dedicate ourselves to following the same.
  • Collaborate closely with other related standards bodies to avoid any duplication of effort, conflict, or confusion which may adversely affect the EDI user community.
  • Represent our user community in the development of the UN/EDIFACT standards, ensuring maximum compatibility with American National Standards. As our ultimate goal, we should strive for one set of EDI standards worldwide.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical principles.

Approved September 5, 2008