About eBIZ


eBIZ is the public private initiative pursuing the use and greater interoperability of digital communication (e-Business) across the Fashion supply-chain.



"Enabling companies to directly exchange orders and data
between their systems, using a single language




Since 2008 eBIZ is:


  • an initiative to support digital communications (e-Business) in the fashion industry,
  • originated and co-funded by the European Commission, DG Grow 
  • coordinated by EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation,
  • supported by international organizations: the European Commission and the European Committee for Standardization CEN,
  • offering a Reference Architecture for e-Business, free of charge,
  • used by fashion companies and IT solution providers across Europe,
  • technically managed by ENEA
  • an official CEN workshop agreement (since June 2013) following the CEN eBIZ Workshop  accomplishment   
  • NOT a competitor of IT solution providers or software
  • NOT a software or a hardware component
  • NOT for profit
  • NOT a time limited project




eBIZ timeline                                 last update: July 2016



19 July 2016

the new action eBIZ 4.0  is announced


23 April 2015

4th eBIZ Advisory Board is convened in Florence in collaboration with IT4Fashion2015


21 November 2014

3rd meeting of the eBIZ Advisory Board in Brussels, partially joined by the European Commission


October 2014

eBIZ Group on Linked in marks 5 years and 340+ members


23 June 2014

2nd meeting of the eBIZ Advisory Board takes place in Brussels, also joined the European Commission and Regional Authorities. Meeting notes are publicly released.


28 November 2013

The eBIZ Advisory Board meets in Brussels, also with the European Commission and CEN, to discuss next steps implementing the Action Plan. Meetings notes are publicly released.


24 July 2013

The Architecture is published by CEN as official CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) and it is endorsed by 56 companies and organisations from 14 European countries.

Information on eBIZ is available in up to 7 languages


26 June 2013

The Workshop membership has increased 3 times since the beginning and accounts for 74 professionals from 54 organisations.

At the final plenary meeting in Brussels the new eBIZ Reference Architecture is finally approved by the present Members.

EURATEX presents the next action plan


April 2013

A 60-days public consultation phase begins, 6 public meetings also take place and allow any interested party to comment or to propose new items for the Architecture. In total 166 minor comments will be received.

eBIZ video 2013



February 2013

The early draft of the new Reference Architecture is sent to all Workshop Members for comments.


November 2012

At the plenary and public meetings in Madrid the Project Team and participants assess progress and discuss business needs. The next steps are agreed.


October 2012

The results of the Gap analysis are sent to the 51 members of the Workshop for comments and validation. 


April - September 2012

The eBIZ project team carries out a Gap analysis on latest e-Business requirements and business needs. All members of the Workshop have 3 occasions to express requirements and to comment.


March 2012

The first meeting of the e CEN eBIZ Workshop takes place in Brussels.



January 2012 - start of phase II: expansion 

EURATEX and CEN announce the CEN eBIZ Workshop, an open initiative to take the eBIZ results one step further, towards a single, harmonized, electronic language, even more widely adopted by the Fashion industry.

This new phase is funded and supported by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry.


July 2010

Conclusion of the promotional tours which set eBIZ info-days in 6 European countries

eBIZ video 2010


December 2009

The 5th and final version of the eBIZ Reference Architecture is delivered.

This key result is used in normal business operations in European medium size companies as well as in large worldwide known  fashion groups.


 October 2009

In less than two years eBIZ works with more than 150 European companies gathered in 17 pilots enabling harmonized (interoperable) e-Business connections.

eBIZ proves the benefits of interoperability and digital communications at European scale in the supply-chain. Key benefits are: costs reduction, improved efficiency and reduced time-to-market for fashion goods.

The major result delivered is the eBIZ Reference Architecture for e-Business in the fashion industry. The Architecture is used by the Pilots’ companies to run their normal business opearation of orders and data exchange via computer.


January 2008 - start of phase I:  development

The European Commission launches the pilot phase of eBIZ to boost e-Business processes in the Textile/Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industries, particularly for the SMEs. The so-called eBIZ-TCF project starts, coordinated by EURATEX participated by CEC and ENEA .