The ETIM data model is completely uniform, differing only in language. The exchange format for classified product data – not to be confused with the release format for the data model – however, is set and defined by each local ETIM organization individually. ETIM International recommends the BMEcat® standard, the most common exchange format within the ETIM countries.
The BMEcat® standard is based on the internet standard XML (Extensible Markup Language) as a universal platform and manufacturer-independent exchange format. Thanks to this widely accepted format there is no need for special individual solutions for different customers with regard to (multi-media) publishing. What’s more, the BMEcat® standard counts as one of the most strongly accepted formats for e-business to date.
To ensure international uniformity whilst taking into account country specific regulations, ETIM International releases updates of its BMEcat® guidelines whenever needed. Currently, BMEcat® 5.0 is applicable.
Please be advised that in some countries specific national formats are still custom as sector standard, whether or not in addition to BMEcat®. For more information about the preferred data format in a specific ETIM country, please contact your local ETIM office.