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Formal vs. Informal Help Informal Formal

Submitter

Robert Lapp

Description

Recently we have been receiving EDI files containing multiple interchange envelopes (ISA/IEA). These submitters appear to be using the interchange envelope as a functional group.

Isn't the purpose of the intercahnge envelope to define the beginning and end of a file?

Submitter Assigned Keywords

Multiple Interchange Envelopes

Response

The X12 standards provide no definition or instruction regarding the assemblage of X12 interchanges into “file” units for transmission and storage. The question raised: “Can a single file contain multiple ISA and IEA segments” is not addressed in the X12 standards. Thus it is not a violation of the X12 standards to assemble multiple interchanges in a file.

Recommendation

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Submission 6/18/2008
Status Date 9/30/2008
Status F - Final
Primary References
Document 004010X098A1
SectionAppndx B
PageB.3
Set IDISAIEA