The NVZ is the Dutch association for detergents, maintenance products and disinfectants. The NVZ represents manufacturers of household, industrial and institutional cleaning products, their ingredients and finished packaging. The mission of the NVZ is enhancing health and quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices. The NVZ provides members with comprehensive scientific advice on regulatory affairs. Approximately 54 companies are member.
The NVZ is founded in 1948. The association is dedicated to advancing public understanding of the safety and benefits of cleaning products, and protecting the ability of its members to formulate products that best meet consumer needs. The NVZ serves both its members and the public by developing and sharing information about industry products with the technical community, policy makers, child care and health professionals, educators, media and consumers.
The NVZ is categorized into the following sections:
Most of the work of representation and services is carried out by a secretariat of five staff members. The focus of their work centres on scientific, regulatory and legislative issues. They have a constant dialogue with the Dutch and European Government (via the European association AISE) and receive advance notice of many changes which will affect the composition, labelling, advertising claims, legal status, manufacturing and distribution of the industry's products. This information is passed on to members who in turn have an opportunity through the NVZ to suggest ways in which proposals can be modified to accommodate both the regulators and industry.
In short, the NVZ: