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Applications for Ship Sanitation Certificates should be made to the GGD effective 15 June 2008. This certificate replaces the Deratting Certificate and has been a compulsory requirement on board ships since 15 June 2007. It was introduced to prevent the worldwide spread of infectious diseases.  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. A Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (SSCEC) certifies that the ship has been inspected and found to be in order and is exempt from further inspections for a period of six months. A Ship Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCC) entails that the ship has been inspected and certain shortcomings discovered that are listed on the certificate. These shortcomings must be repaired, or otherwise resolved, and resubmitted for inspection. There is also an Extension of the Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (ESSCEC). A ship is not entitled to a SSCEC in the port in which it is moored. The port authorities can however issue an extension to the old certificate for a period of one month, a so-called ESSCEC.

WHO Standards
WHO inspection guidelines stipulate that the following areas of the ship must be in order. (The term in order is understood to mean no sign of infection or contamination, which includes vermin in any stage of development; animal reservoirs for vermin and pests; microbiological, chemical, radioactive substances or other hazards to human health; and inadequate hygiene measures):

   1. galley and food areas
   2. pantry and storage rooms
   3. holds
   4. officer and crew accommodation
   5. drinking water
   6. sewage system
   7. ballast tanks
   8. waste (inc. medical waste)
   9. standing water
  10. engine room
  11. medical facilities
  12. swimming pools and spas

All WHO standards have been included in a Schedule of Requirements. An inspection checklist is provided for the levels required to meet these standards as inspected by the GGD. Download an English-language version of the Schedule of Requirements here.

Application Form
Complete the application form to request an inspection. A GGD inspector will contact you as soon as possible to make an appointment.

Inspection Costs
The table below lists the inspection costs for each type of ship. The hourly GGD rate is € 92,84.

Ship Type



Maximum Costs

Ships intended for use by 12 persons or less on board excluding crew members.

4 hours


Ships intended for use by 13 – 50 persons on board excluding crew members.

4 hours


Ships intended for use by 50 – 500 persons on board excluding crew members.

8 hours


Ships intended for use by more than 500 persons on board excluding crew members.

12 hours


Re-inspection Control Certificate

Hourly Rate

€ 97,07 
per hour

Call-Out Fee

Quarter-Hourly Rate

€ 24,27
per 15 minutes

  • Time indications listed above are maximum required inspection times.
  • Inspections for a Ship Sanitation Certificate can be obtained during regular office hours and will be planned in consideration with the ship's schedule.
  • During the weekend and all national public holidays, the GGD is closed.
  • Rates are indexed annually on the basis of the Local Authority Collective Labour Agreement index figures. 
  • No VAT is charged on inspection costs.

Ship Sanitation Certificates can also be applied for at the following ports. A contact e-mail address is listed for each port:

  • Delfzijl
  • Den Helder
  • Harlingen
  • Hellevoetsluis
  • Groningen
  • IJmuiden
  • Maassluis
  • Rotterdam
  • Schiedam
  • Terneuzen
  • Velsen
  • Vlaardingen
  • Vlissingen
  • Zaandam