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Obligation to report infectious diseases

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

The Public Health Act arranges how certain professional groups must act after discovering or suspecting certain infectious diseases. The mayor or chairman of the safety region can take extra measures at places where many persons come together, such as offices, factories, ports and airports.

Managers laboratories and doctors

Doctors or heads of laboratories in the Netherlands are obliged to notify the Municipal Health Service (GGD) in their region if certain infectious diseases are discovered. This notification must be made within a specified period, depending on the type of disease and the degree of risk to public health. The diseases concerned include typhoid fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, malaria, legionnaire’s disease and yellow fever.

Independent entrepreneurs and employees

If employees or independent entrepreneurs contract an infectious disease that they are obliged to notify, they may be prohibited to carry out their profession or work. The mayor or chairman of the safety region may impose this prohibition.

Captains aircraft and ships

Captains of aircraft or ships must be able to prove the health condition on board at the request of the mayor or chairman of the safety region. For this purpose the captain submits the health part of the general certificate for aircraft or a maritime health certificate.

Operators ports and airports

The mayor or chairman of the safety region can oblige operators of a civic port or civic airport to do the following, for example:

  • inform passengers about taking measures that prevent infectious diseases or infection of luggage;
  • examine departing or arriving travellers with regard to possible infectious diseases that may be very dangerous for public health.

Transport operators

The mayor or chairman of the safety region can oblige transport operators to do the following, for example:

  • check aircraft or ships and the present goods for a possible infection;
  • disinfect aircraft or ships and the present goods.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency