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If you run a business in the Netherlands, Dutch government inspectors may visit your company. For instance, inspections are being carried out by SZW Inspectorate (Inspectie SZW), the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, the fire department and municipal or provincial authorities. They will check whether you comply with the law, for example regarding fire safety, environmental safety and working conditions.
What inspectors can and cannot do, is regulated in the General Administrative Law Act (Algemene wet bestuursrecht,Awb). They must always be able to prove their identity. Inspectors may always enter your premises, even without your permission. However, they do need permission to enter your private house. You will not necessarily receive advance warning of an inspection. They may take samples and inspect and copy documents. They may give warnings, impose penalties and seize goods.
During the inspection, you and your staff members must give full assistance. Upon request, you must, for example, open doors or packaging, move items and find documents or other data. You are obliged to answer their questions.
Public disclosure inspection data
Both SZW Inspectorate (in Dutch) and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (in Dutch) have made their inspection data public as of 2014.
Important inspection organisations
A number of organisations that may visit your business are: