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Codex Contact Point
Dr Marie-Ange Delen, Coordinator Codex Alimentarius, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Plant Supply Chain and Food Quality Department, P.O.Box 20401, 2500 EK, The Hague, Netherlands Tel: +31 6 46152167
E-mail: [email protected]
National legislation on food safety: FAOLEX

Competent authorities

Name of authority
Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)
(EU) Legislation
(EU) Legislation
Official controls and risk analysis
INFOSAN Emergency Contact Point
The INFOSAN contact is the Food and Ware Authority (NVWA) at the NVWA client contact center: [email protected]

Food safety and consumer protection – laws and regulations

The current list of legislation, related to food safety and consumer protection in each country, is extracted from FAO's database on Food Legislation FAOLEX.
While FAOLEX makes every effort to serve as a high quality, reliable source of information, no guarantee is given that the information provided in FAOLEX is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

The national Codex programme

National Codex consultative mechanism
Codex proposals are discussed with all stakeholders in recurrent meetings. The Netherlands position is then represented in the EU coordination meeting. After each Codex Committee meeting a report in English is published on the Codex website ( A short summary of the report in Dutch is published on the Dutch Codex website (
Providers of scientific and technical input to national consultation on Codex
Dutch scientific experts participate in JECFA, JMPR and other meetings. Technical support assessing draft standards is provided by technical experts of the stakeholders.

Risk Assessments and Scientific Data

National bodies providing risk assessment and scientific advice
For EU-related issues, major advice is provided by EFSA and the EU Community Reference Laboratories. On a national level, risk assessments and scientific advice is provided by various organisations, including the Office for Risk Assessment of the NVWA, National Institute for Public Health, and RIKILT Laboratories.
Risk assessment, risk profiles, scientific opinions
(In Dutch): (In Dutch) (on this page links to: • models for risk-assessment and • guidelines for risk-assessment) (In English: more general information)
Official Laboratory
NVWA laboratory, Wageningen RIKILT laboratory, Bilthoven
RIKILT laboratory, Wageningen
RIVM laboratory, Bilthoven
Official Competence
EU obligations
Research and development - Microbiological food safety
Research and development - Chemical food safety

Surveillance of foodborne diseases and monitoring of food contamination

National surveillance systems – foodborne disease in humans
Described by the European Commission for all of the EU
National monitoring systems – foodborne hazards in the food chain
Described by the European Commission for all of the EU