The Dutch government supervises the safety of the products and the processing throughout the dairy chain of FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands. This supervision is based on national and European legislation. The competent authority is the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). The task of the NVWA is to protect human and animal health.


In the dairy sector the tasks of the NVWA are largely carried out by the Netherlands Controlling Authority for Milk and Milk Products (COKZ). It ensures that process and product quality criteria are compliant with all relevant laws and regulations via inspection, supervision and certification. The Dutch authorities supervise the work done by COKZ within the scope of national or European legislation.

Veterinary and health export certificates

Export certificates are required for exporting dairy products outside the European Union. The Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority issues the veterinary certificates. COKZ issues health certificates on the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture. Only industries under supervision of COKZ can apply for export certificates.