Legislation & Regulations module

See which standards are referred to in National and European (Beta) legislation

In combination with your subscription to NEN Connect, you can use the Legislation and Regulations module to see which standards are referred to in various decrees and regulations. You can see whether these are dated or not and also navigate to the relevant regulation or decision. This makes it easier for you to determine the context with regard to the application of the standard.

  • Dutch legislation as of January 2020
  • European legislation as of January 2022

Dutch legislation

In cooperation with KOOP, NEN has established a link between lido.nl / wetten.overheid.nl, and NEN Connect. 

This link is available through the new module. Standards (from the Core assortment) referred to in legislation and regulations will receive a notification of this on the standards detail page in NEN Connect, but also vice versa legislation and regulations will receive a reference to the standards on NEN Connect. 

  • If a reference is made undated, the link is made to the most current version of the standard. 
  • If a reference is dated, a link is made to this specific version of the standard.

In this way, users are better informed about the status of a standard, even if it has been withdrawn. After all, standards with the status "withdrawn" may still be appropriate in legislation.

European Legislation & Machine Directive | BETA

The module has been expanded with a Beta. From 2 June 2022, the Legislation and Regulations module will show whether a standard is referred to in EU legislation. Please note: these are only the non-harmonised regulations. In NEN Connect there will be a direct link to the specific regulation. The source for this is EUR-Lex. References to standards in the harmonized regulations will follow early next year.

  • For the time being, the BETA will be offered free of charge to customer with the Legislation and Regulations module.

Also a link with the Machinery Directive | Machinery Ordenance

In Europe, standards have been developed and published by CEN. The standards that have been specifically created for the purpose of elaborating requirements from the Machinery Directive are, after publication by CEN, presented to the European Commission with the request to include these standards in the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union). After inclusion in the OJEU, there are harmonized standards. This means that these harmonized standards give a presumption of conformity with requirements from the Machinery Directive (or another European Directive or European Regulation).

In the harmonized standards, a distinction is made between A, B and C standards. The A standard is the standard that states how the risk analysis must be carried out to design a safe machine. The B standards are aimed at different categories and products of machines. The C standards are specific standards for a specific product. Of course also with the aim of designing a safe machine.

Would you like to know more about the Machinery Directive? Go to www.nen.nl

Which standards are referenced?

With the help of the hammer-icon in the search results and standard overview page you can easily identify which standards from the Core assortment are referenced in the law and regulations.

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LiDO - Linkeddata.overheid.nl

The LiDO pages show the correlation between government information and laws and regulations. This makes it possible to find government information more quickly and to gain quick insight into the connections between national and European regulations, decisions made by Dutch and European courts, parliamentary documents and official announcements.


EUR-Lex is dé website voor EU-recht. Het is de officiële en meest complete verzameling juridische documenten van de EU. EUR-Lex is beschikbaar in alle 24 officiële talen van de EU en wordt dagelijks bijgewerkt. EUR-Lex wordt beheerd door het Publicatiebureau van de Europese Unie.