The Dutch central government is committed to ensuring the user-friendliness, accessibility, design and findability of the information it provides online. We take the view that everyone should be able to locate, use and view government sites. To this end, the central government is implementing the second edition of the Web Guidelines.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The Web Guidelines are based on the internationally recognised guidelines issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines deal with issues like the accessibility, design and sustainability of websites.

Web Guidelines: apply or explain

The Web Guidelines are on thelist of mandatory open standards of the Standardisation Forum. All the open standards on this list are governed by the ‘apply or explain’ principle. This means that government agencies must apply the standards on the list (‘apply’), unless there is a compelling reason not to. In that case, they are obliged to account for that decision in a transparent way (‘explain’).

Central Government Online Platform

This website uses a shared infrastructure (central government online platform), which complies with the functional technical requirements of the Web Guidelines. Other parts of the Web Guidelines lay down requirements for the site’s content.

Accessibility statement

The published information shows that the website partially complies with the Temporary Decree on digital accessibility government.

This website uses the Platform Rijksoverheid Online (PRO). For technical deviations in the area of ​​accessibility, we therefore refer to the research results of, a site on PRO that is tested annually for this. Deviations that are in the research, but not mentioned in the Accessibility statement  (Dutch) have already been resolved.

Do you have questions or comments about digital accessibility? Mail: Postbus Nederlandse Arbeidsinspectie redactie