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Refusing certificate of conduct (VOG) based on police data

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Effective date: not yet known

What changes?

It will be possible for screening authority Justis to deny a specific certificate of conduct (VOG) based on police data only. Now it is only possible to deny someona a VOG if judicial data of the applicant are in the Judicial Documentation System (Justitieel Documentatie Systeem, JDS) and police data are auxiliary. To allow this a new type of VOG will be introduced.

Certificate of conduct based on police data

A new type of certificate of conduct (VOG) will be introduced, especially for specific sensitive positions that require a high level of integrity. This is the certificate of conduct – police data (VOG-politiegegevens). Police data can be a reason to deny this VOG-politiegegevens. Justis will assess the police data that are available for the applicant.

The VOG-politiegegevens will be implemented for positions as designated by ministerial decree. It concerns positions

  • with the authority to use violence
  • with access to sensitive information regarding public order, safety and maintaining legal order
  • with involvement in integrity assessments by public administrations

There are significant differences between a VOG and a VOG-politiegegevens: the VOG- politiegegevens is only required for very specific sensitive positions that require a high level of integrity.

For whom?

  • entrepreneurs who employ staff who need a VOG-politiegegevens
  • entrepreneurs who need a VOG-politiegegevens

When?

It is not yet known when this change in regulation will come into effect.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in an official State publication (Staatsblad or the Staatscourant, in Dutch).

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