Describes the country's standards landscape, identifies the national standards and accreditation bodies, and lists the main national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
As a member of the European Union, the Netherlands applies the EU’s product standards and certification approval processes. The Treaty of Rome requires all EU members to incorporate approved EU directives into their national laws. To establish common standards for all member countries, the EU regulates key product areas to protect the health and safety of consumers, as well as the environment. Additional information on European Union standards can be found in the European Union Country Commercial Guide.
The national standards body of the Netherlands is the Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN). The NEN manages international, European and national standards in the Netherlands. Contact details can be found on the NEN website.
The NEN manages over 31,000 standards in the Netherlands. These include international (ISO, IEC), European (EN) and national (NEN) standards. There are over 800 standards committees in the Netherlands with roughly 5,000 committee members in total.
Testing, Inspection and Certification
To sell products in the Netherlands, U.S. exporters are required to apply the CE marking whenever their product is covered by specific product legislation. CE marking product legislation offers manufacturers many choices and requires decisions to determine which health and safety concerns need to be addressed, which conformity assessment module is best suited to the manufacturing process, and whether to use EU-wide harmonized standards.
Publication of Technical Regulations
The Official Journal is the official publication of the European Union. It is published daily on the internet and consists of two series covering adopted legislation as well as case law, and studies by committees. The Official Journal can be found on the ‘EUR-Lex’ website. National Technical Regulations are published on the Commission’s website to allow other countries and interested parties to comment.
Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that captures and makes available for review and comment key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized e-mail alerts when new notifications are added by selected country or countries and industry sector(s) of interest and can also request full texts of regulations. This service and its associated web site are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
+31 15 269 0391
U.S. Commercial Service European Union
Rebecca Balogh, Standards Attaché
+32 2 811 5034
U.S. Commercial Service The Netherlands
Alan Ras, Head of Section
+31 70 310 2418