General terms and conditions

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

The general terms and conditions state the rules that apply to both you and your customer and are part of the (purchase) agreement.

These can be about:

The general terms and conditions are not about the prices of your product or service. They are terms that you use as the standard for all your transactions.

Not mandatory

You are not required to draw up general terms and conditions. Legal requirements always apply to purachse agreements for you and your customer. In the Netherlands, several sector organisations, often together with consumer organisations, have jointly drawn up general terms and conditions. Please contact your sector organisation (MKB-Nederland, in Dutch) to find out if they have one for you to use. Some sector organisations do enforce the use of general terms and conditions.

Unreasonable conditions

You are not allowed to have unreasonable conditions (in Dutch). The law states what is unreasonable and which conditions may be unreasonable (in Dutch). If you want to include terms and conditions that may be unreasonable, you must have serious reasons to do so.

Modifying general terms and conditions

You are allowed to change your general terms and conditions while you are doing business with a customer, but not on a whim. You must inform your customer about these changes in plain language. And you are not allowed to change the price of a subscription within 3 months.

Annulling general terms and conditions

Your customer has the right to annul the general terms and conditions if one of the following is the case:

  • you fail to observe the rules for general terms and conditions: for instance, your terms are unreasonable;
  • you suddenly change your terms, and fail to inform your customer clearly and in a timely fashion.

Annulment renders your general terms and conditions invalid.

Duty of disclosure

If you want to apply general terms and conditions, you must inform your customer about your general terms and conditions before concluding the contract. Use clear language to draw up your general terms and conditions, and make sure your customer knows what they are.

Supplying to the Dutch national government

If you supply to the Dutch national government, several purchase and delivery terms and conditions apply:

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO