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About the Dutch Safety Board Laws and regulations

Investigations of the Dutch Safety Board contribute to a safer Netherlands. Investigators of the Dutch Safety Board have wide-ranging authority to conduct investigations.

  • They can enter buildings to collect information and take equipment with them to conduct additional investigations.
  • They can oblige, under law, every person to provide all cooperation necessary to investigators in the execution of their duties.
  • They can, while working abroad, investigate based on the arrangements in treaties and European directives, or pursuant to the laws and regulations of the country in question.

Dutch Safety Board Act

The Dutch Safety Board Act took effect on 1 February 2005. This Act governs:

  • the investigation of accidents
  • the structure of the Board
  • how the Board must handle material collected as part of its investigations

Coordination with other parties

The Dutch Safety Board is fully independent in its governance and operations. It often happens, however, that other bodies are also conducting investigations into the same incident. Coordination protocols are in place to ensure that parallel investigations run smoothly. The coordination protocol between the Dutch Safety Board and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) can be found here.

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