If you want to import a product from an Asian country, please consult the checklist below to get more certainty your products meet all the necessary safety requirements.
Before placing your order
- Research the (legal) requirements with which your product must comply.
- You will find these requirements in the Commodities Act Decrees. These can be requested via www.wetten.nl.
- Taking these requirements into account, define the product specifications, from the materials to be used to the packaging.
- Inspect the selected factory and assess the quality of the processes (you may do this yourself or hire an expert to do this for you).
- Request samples (product prototype) with specifications. Ask for definitive production samples, including the correct coding, packaging and instructions.
- Check whether the specifications provided are correct. Have the sample tested by an independent laboratory, preferably a notified body.
Draw up a contract on the basis of the specifications. Consider the following aspects when doing so:
- The product must adhere to European legislation.
- The product must adhere to the requirements that you have defined.
- An approval report forms part of the contract.
After placing your order
- Ensure the production process is strictly checked before, during and after production. You can use a notified body for this purpose.
Check each production batch.
- At the location: hire an independent body to test the products, check them before shipment and seal the container.
- Send a sample of the production batch in advance and then test it. Proceed with shipment of the entire batch only after your approval has been given.
After your order has been delivered
- Make sure all the products are identical. If something has changed in terms of the production process, carry out the checking and testing procedure again for the different batch.
- Ensure you are capable of taking corrective measures if the product is found to be hazardous. More information can be found in the guide to corrective measures.
- Stay up-to-date with developments concerning production safety, through for example trade journals, trade associations, the NVWA website and via RAPEX.