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Tendering rules

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If Dutch government organisations purchase goods or services, they must follow a tendering procedure when choosing a company. The rules about tendering are listed in the Tendering Act 2012 and the Tendering Directive. The Tendering Rules Works 2016 (ARW 2016) (Dutch) detail the practical elaboration for allocating work on a tendering basis.

European tendering

Government organisations must use a European tendering process, when exceeding a certain threshold. The threshold amount depends on the type of procurement. There are governmental assignments for:

  • works (building, maintaining structures or civil-technical work)
  • supplies (purchase, hire, lease and hire-purchase of products)
  • services

Governmental organisations must use a classification system when implementing European tendering procedures (Common Procurement Vocabulary, CPV). On the basis of the CPV-code, you can see which governmental projects could be interesting for you.

National procedures

For any tenders under the European threshold level, a European tendering procedure is not mandatory. To these tenders the ARW 2016 applies. There are several national procedures.


When, according to you, the tendering rules have not been applied correctly or you think you have been treated unfairly, you can submit a complaint to the tendering service. If you are dissatisfied with the handling of that complaint, you can submit a complaint to the Committee of Tendering Experts (Commissie van Aanbestedingsexperts, CvA). Tendering services may also submit a complaint about participating companies.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency
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