In France EDI-COMPTA is a conformance certificate; it is delivered to accounting software package that was checked able to produce accounting messages according to EDIFACT accounting messages requirements. Expected benefits are:
conform software packages will offer larger interoperability guarantee;
conform software packages will reduce users dependence toward software editors;
conform software packages pave the way toward perennial archive;
conform software packages are in line with international standardization recommendations.
EDI-COMPTA is based upon the international EDIFACT, standard, recognized since 1997 by DGI - Direction Générale des Impôts - the French Taxation authority.
Several levels are defined for conformance certificate delivery.
The full guidelines for conformance evaluation applicable in France can be downloaded or printed (in French !) from this web site.