Change in export licence for personal protective equipment in healthcare sector

An export licence is required for the export of personal protective equipment from the Netherlands to countries outside the EU. The Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (IGJ) is designated as the competent authority for deciding on license applications.

As of 26 April, the requirement for an export licence will be extended for 30 days. From 26 April, the requirement for a licence will apply to a limited number of personal protective equipment items. For more information in that regard, refer to: EU Implementing regulation. The items in question are:

  • protective goggles and visors
  • face masks
  • protective clothing

Some third countries are excluded from the export requirement. These include the Caribbean Netherlands, countries in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia) and the EVA countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland). For information on the other countries and areas, refer to the implementing regulation.

In view of the current shortage of personal protective equipment, the Inspectorate will, in principle, not grant any export licences for the export of these personal protective equipment items. However, licences will be granted for providing emergency relief within the framework of humanitarian assistance.


The application procedure remains unchanged. The IGJ collaborates with the Central Import and Export Office (CDIU) at Dutch Customs. Applications for export licences can be submitted to the CDIU by e-mail to The form is shown below.
A decision will be made within five working days. If the application involves emergency relief deliveries within the framework of humanitarian assistance, a decision will be made within two working days.