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Certifying organisations, inspection bodies or laboratories, that offer product testing services, must be accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council (Raad voor Accreditatie, RvA). This applies, for example, to testing of playground and amusement equipment, personal protective equipment, cranes, earth-moving machinery, construction products, (nuclear) pressure equipment, LP gas installations, wind turbines, purification systems and waste products from dumping sites. Furthermore, only accredited organisations are allowed to:
- assess noise emissions from particular machines
- analyse soil samples, water bottom samples, groundwater samples and fertilizer samples
- take and analyse samples of tap water
- examine DNA in criminal cases
Conditions for accreditation
RvA will acknowledge your organisation if you comply with the requirements regarding objectivity and expertise. The conditions for accreditation differ per product. You may need to have at least one establishment in the Netherlands. You may also require a health and safety certificate. If you are already recognised by an accreditation body in another EU Member State, accreditation by RVA may not be necessary.
Products are tested based on certification schemes. When you’ve ascertained that a particular product complies with safety and environmental standards, you may issue a certificate of approval to the applicant.
Overview of notified bodies
The Nando Information System gives you an overview of notified bodies in the European Union.
Applying digitally through the Message Box
With Message Box you can submit a digital application for accreditation to the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA). Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.