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The purpose of this page is to provide a general overview of the different fields in PR.


Header data

Purchase Requisitions have no header as such. Only line item fields are stored in table EBAN.

In ME2xn transactions, following information is displayed in the header section: the document type, the PR number, the automatic Source determination flag and the  internal header memo (text).

Item overview

The overview of the transactions ME51n / ME52n / ME53n is composed by a toolbar and an item table. The toolbar icons help you either to manipulate your item (Copy, Delete etc.) or to reach out to specific functionalities (Source of Supply, Documents to attach etc.).

Every Purchase Requisition line item represents a line in the table EBAN. You can enter all the information manually or you can adapt already existing line items from the Document overview. Here, you can create PRs with reference to another Purchasing document (another PR item or a Purchase Order). Contracts and Scheduling Agreements can’t be used as reference as they are Source of Supplies.

If properly customized, you can also leverage Purchasing catalogs in order to fill the item line by selecting the "Catalog" button on the toolbar.

Should you give your input from the Document overview or manually, the item table will contain your actual PR-lines. Optional or mandatory fields will be required depending on the type of the entered requisition, e.g.: Item Category, Material, Quantity and Plant.

Required fields

Item Category field

(EBAN-PSTYP): this field defines the category of the item. In case it is left blank, the system uses the „Standard” item category. Possible item categories on the GUI:   Standard, B Limit, K Consignment, L Subcontracting, S Third-party, U Stock transfer, W Material group, D Service

(EBAN Technical view: 0 Standard, 1 Limit, 2 Consignment, 3 Subcontracting, 4 Material unknown, 5 Third-party, 6 Text, 7 Stock transfer, 8 Material group, 9 Service).

Material field

(EBAN-MATNR): alphanumeric key uniquely identifying the material which you would like to procure.

You can enter any material number here, that is maintained in the material master and present in the table MARA. If not present in MARA, the system will return error M3305 ("The material & does not exist or is not activated")

When empty, system will return error 06026 ("Please enter material number or account assignment category").

NOTE: a PR can be created without specifying a material number, this kind of PR is called free text PR. In this case, you only provide the "Short text" of the material because it does not exist in the Material Master.
If no material number is supplied, then you have to fill the "Account Assignment Category" field (e.g. K as in Cost Center), you also have to specify the "Purchasing Group", "Material Group" fields and manually fill the "Unit of Measure" field, as well.

Quantity field

(EBAN-MENGE): specifies the quantity to be ordered, as stipulated in the purchase requisition.

When empty, system will return error 06070 ("Enter a quantity").

Plant field

(EBAN-WERKS): plant in which you produce or for which you wish to procure materials or services.

When empty, system will return error ME083 ("Enter Plant").

NOTE: When you create a purchase requisition for materials that have a material master record, the system transfers data in the material master record to the purchase requisition. As of SAP ERP 6.0, you also have the option of selecting items from a Web-based catalog.

Other important fields

Account assignment category field

(EBAN-KNTTP): Specifies whether accounting for an item is to be effected via an auxiliary account (such as a cost center).

The account assignment category determines which account assignment data (such as cost center, account number and so on) is necessary for the item.

Unit field

(EBAN-MEINS): Specifies the unit of measure in which the requested material is to be ordered.

If you refer to an existing material number, the system uses the base unit of measure from the material master record.

In SAP standard, it is not possible to change the base UoM in the Purchase requisition. It is not recommended to change this with custom enhancement.

If you do not refer to an existing material, you must enter a unit of measure.

Material group field

(EBAN-MATKL): Number and description of the material group.

A material group comprises several materials or services having the same attributes.

Delivery date field

(EBAN-LFDAT): Date on which the goods are to be delivered or the service is to be performed.

Purchasing group field

(EBAN-EKGRP): Key for a buyer or a group of buyers, who is/are responsible for certain purchasing activities.

  • Internally, the purchasing group is responsible for the procurement of a material or a class of materials.
  • Externally, it is the medium through which contacts with the vendor are maintained.

Currency field

(EBAN-WAERS): Currency key for amounts in the system.

Item details

After selecting an item line from the drop down menu, you can see the relevant details.

The most important tabs:

Material Data tab

Material: EBAN-MATNR

Batch: EBAN-CHARG (displayed only, if Material is not empty - LIF_FIELDSEL~COMPUTE_FIELDSTATUS / LCL_R_REVLV, include LMEREQF25)

Material Group: EBAN-MATKL

Vendor Mat.: EBAN-IDNLF

Short Text: EBAN-TXZ01

Revision level: EBAN-REVLV


Quantities/Dates tab

Quantity: here you can see the quantity you wish to be ordered. (EBAN-MENGE)

Quantity ordered: indicates the total quantity ordered to date. If the purchase order is based on a scheduling agreement, the quantity scheduled to date is shown. (EBAN-BSMNG)

NOTE: a common issue here that this field does not get updated properly. In relation to this please see the following SAP Knowledge Base Article:

2449322 - EBAN-BSMNG / EBAN-STATU : Processing Status or Ordered qty of PR incorrect

Open quantity: calculated value (MEREQ3321-OMENG). Specifies the quantity that is to be ordered against the purchase requisition.

The calculation is done in method TRANSPORT_FROM_MODEL of class LCL_REQ_3321_VIEW_MM (include LMEGUICJT). 

OMENG = Purchase requisition quantity (EBAN-MENGE) - Quantity ordered against this purchase requisition (EBAN-BSMNG)

Delivery date: date on which the goods are to be delivered or the service is to be performed. It is the same as the one in the item overview. (EBAN-EEIND)

NOTE: Delivery date calculation vs entering it manually, please see SAP Note:

1871265 - ME51N: Delivery date calculation in PReq

Release date: specifies the date on which the purchase order should be initiated on the basis of the purchase requisition. (EBAN-FRGDT)

The release date is based on:

    • The purchasing department processing time defined for the plant
    • The planned delivery time from the material master record or purchasing info record
    • The delivery date
    • The goods receipt processing time from the material master record

Calculation : requirement date - (purchasing department processing time + planned delivery time + goods receipt processing time)

The system takes the planned delivery time from the purchasing info record and the GR processing time into account in the following cases:

Release approval date does not influence the release date.

Planned delivery time: number of calendar days needed to obtain the material or service if it is procured externally. (EBAN-PLIFZ)

When the source of supply is assigned via ME57 transaction, Planned Delivery Time in Days of the PR will be set directly from the source of supply document, even though it is maintained 0 days. Where as in case of ME52N transaction if you assign source of supply with planned delivery time 0 days, value will be taken in the priority of

1)   From info record or contract if Planned Delivery Time in Days is not 0.

2)    From MRP area if Planned Delivery Time in Days is not 0

3)    From supplying storage location if Planned Delivery Time in Days is not 0

4)    From material master record.

Closed (checkbox): flags a purchase requisition as closed, that means that no further purchase orders are to be created for this purchase requisition. Closed PRs can be archived. (EBAN-EBAKZ)

Fixed indicator (checkbox): if fixed indicator is not set, the MRP run can delete the PR without any trace.

Valuation tab           

Valuation price: shows the price of the requested material per price unit. (EBAN-PREIS)

This field is of type currency and its length is 11 with 2 decimals. This means, the valuation price can have maximal 9 digits before the decimal separator. This is SAP standard limitation, documented in this KBA:

2236956 - DB744 Entry is too long: Only 9 digits are allowed in the whole number part

If You enter price bigger than this, for example 1 000 000 000, You get error 

Entry is too long: Only 9 digits are allowed in the whole number part
Message no. DB744


Entry too long (enter in the format ___.___.__~,__)

Message No. 00089

NOTE: The value of the purchase requisition item or purchase requisition will be taken into account in the release strategy.

For further information please see SAP Knowledge Base Article:

1976282 - Valuation Price in Purchase Requisitions

Goods receipt: the indicator specifies whether a goods receipt is allowed and expected for the order item. (EBAN-WEPOS)

Invoice receipt: specifies whether an invoice receipt is linked to the purchase order item. If the indicator is not set, the goods are to be delivered free of charge. (EBAN-REPOS)

Account assignment tab

If you specify a certain value in " Account assignment category " field on the item overview section of the screen, the " Account Assignment " tab will appear and will let you fill in more details, like G/L Account, Cost Center, Sales Order etc.

Basically, if you leave the above mentioned field empty or define it as "U - Unknown" the tab will be unavailable.

However there is exception when the "Account assignment category" field is not set, yet the "Account Assignment" tab is available, for more details see the following SAP KBA:

3009664 - Account Assignment tab automatically displayed in ME51n/ME21n.

The displayed fields and their availability are depending on the settings of the Account assignment category, maintained in transaction OME9 (field selection table: T162K).

Below are some examples of the possible input fields for certain categories. (NOTE: these input fields, their visibility and whether they are editable or not depends on account related and customization settings too.)

Account assignment category defined as "K - Cost Center", following fields are available:

Account assignment category defined as "C - Sales order".

Account assignment category defined as "F - Order".

Account assignment category defined as "N - Network".

See also:  Account assignment in purchasing document

Source of supply tab

Agreement: specifies the number of the outline agreement that this purchase order or purchase requisition refers to. (EBAN-KONNR)

Fixed vendor: number of the vendor defined as the fixed source of supply for this purchase requisition. (EBAN-FLIEF)

Info record: specifies the number that uniquely identifies a purchasing info record. (EBAN-INFNR)

Desired vendor: specifies the number of the vendor suggested by the requisitioner to the purchasing department for this purchase order. (EBAN-LIFNR)

NOTE: the fields Material, Quantity, Plant – and these fields only – are required for automatic source determination. You can activate this feature by ticking the checkbox „Source Determination” at the top of the screen, just above the Header data.

For more information about source determination please see:

457110 - FAQ: Source determination in purchasing

During Source of supply determination, Quota Arrangement has first priority. However, this is not displayed in ME5xn transactions. More about Quota Arrangement on this wiki page:

Quota Arrangement

You can read more about Source of Supply determination on this page:

Sourcing in Purchasing

Status tab

Processing status: specifies the current processing status of the purchase requisition. (EBAN-STATU)

The document history is also displayed on this tab, this means, the follow-on documents, if any exists.

The follow-on documents are read from the table M_MEKKE with function module MM_PURREQ_HISTORY_GET.

Contact Person tab

Created by: here you can see the name of the person who created the purchase requisition.

Creation indicator: shows whether the purchase requisition or delivery schedule line was created manually or automatically (e.g. as a result of the requirements planning process).

Changed on: specifies the date when the last change was made to the purchase requisition.


Delivery Address tab 

Under this tab you can find all the delivery address information in a detailed manner.

Related Content

Related Documents

Purchase Requisition - Troubleshooting Guide

Account assignment in purchasing document

Related SAP Notes/KBAs

KBA 2449322 - EBAN-BSMNG / EBAN-STATU : Processing Status or Ordered qty of PR incorrect

SAP Note 1871265 - ME51N: Delivery date calculation in PReq

KBA 2236956   - DB744 Entry is too long: Only 9 digits are allowed in the whole number part

SAP Note  1976282   - Valuation Price in Purchase Requisitions

KBA  3009664   - Account Assignment tab automatically displayed in ME51n/ME21n.

SAP Note  457110  - FAQ: Source determination in purchasing

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