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Landelijk Centrum Hygiene en Veiligheid (LCHV)

IHR Ship Sanitation Certificates in the Netherlands  

To apply for a certificate, contact the issuing authorothy per port in the Netherlands using the following links: 


Applying for Ship Sanitation Certificates
The Ship Sanitation Certificate has been a compulsory requirement on board ships sailing in international waters since 15 June 2007 and was introduced to prevent the worldwide spread of infectious diseases.

Applications for Ship Sanitation Certificate inspections can be submitted to the Port health authorothy. Inspections are conducted on the basis of requirements laid down by the World Health Organization (WHO) and as incorporated under Dutch Law into the Public Health Act.

There are three types of certificate.

Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (SSCEC)
A ship has been inspected and everything is in order. The ship is then exempt from further sanitary inspections for a period of six months.

Ship Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCC)
A ship has been inspected and certain shortcomings discovered. The shortcomings are listed on the certificate. These must then be repaired, or otherwise resolved, and resubmitted for inspection.

Extension of the Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (ESSCEC)
If due to circumstances a requested inspection cannot be carried out, then an Extension of the Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (ESSCEC) may be issued in exceptional circumstances. In so doing, a month’s respite is granted offering an opportunity to request and conduct a new inspection.

All WHO standards have been included in a Schedule of Requirements. These can be found in the box on the right side of this page.

For more information, please visit the section International Health Regulations on the website of the World Health Organisation.




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