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Accreditation of inspection bodies and laboratories

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Certifying organisations, inspection bodies or laboratories, that offer product testing services, must be accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council (Raad voor Accreditatie, RvA). You need an accreditation before you can test, inspect or give out certificates

Accreditation is necessary for testing:

  • playground and amusement equipment
  • personal protective equipment
  • cranes
  • earth-moving machinery
  • construction products
  • (nuclear) pressure equipment
  • LP gas installations
  • wind turbines
  • purification systems
  • waste products from dumping sites

Further, 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
The Inspectorate SZW, together with the Dutch Accreditation Council, checks (in Dutch) certifying organisations regularly. They make sure that every organisation fulfills its accreditation requirements.

Conditions for accreditation

To request an accreditation or expand an existing one, you can use one of the RvA forms (in Dutch). For a new accreditation you need form F001a. 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.

EU accreditation

All European accreditation organisations are part of the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA). If you are already recognised by an accreditation body in another EU Member State, this accreditation is valid in the Netherlands. Likewise, an RvA accreditation is valid in other EU countries. The Nando Information System gives you an overview of notified bodies in the European Union.

Certification schemes

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.

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.

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