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Commodities Act

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you produce, prepare or trade in food or other consumer products in the Netherlands? Then you must comply with the Commodities Act (Warenwet).

The Commodities ActExternal link (in Dutch) applies to al products used by consumers, both food and non-food. It is linked to a large number of separate regulations and decrees that contain rules for specific foods and consumer products. The Act is a framework act that provides general rules on:

  • public health
  • product safety
  • fair trading
  • adequate information

Commodities Act decrees

The regulations on consumer products have been specified in the Commodities Act decrees. For example:

Safety and information

General product safety is one of the main elements of the Commodities Act. The producer is responsible for the safety of the product and information on potential risks. If the producer is located outside of the European Union (EU), the responsibility falls to the importer and distributor. They must ensure the product information is correct.

Labelling requirements

Alongside information on general product safety, there are also additional labelling requirements.

Safety inspections

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety AuthorityExternal link (Netherlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, NVWA) inspects products to ensure companies adhere to safety regulations. If necessary, it can take measures such as issuing warnings, imposing fines or removing products from shops if there is a direct risk to public health.

Admission of new foods

If you are planning to introduce a novel foodExternal link to the European market, you will have to apply for approvalExternal link to the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport, VWS). The Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (College ter Beoordeling van Geneesmiddelen, CBG) will assess the safety of the novel foods.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO