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NEN, or the ‘Netherlands Standardization Institute’ is the leading knowledge network in the international world of standards, directives and agreements. Together with stakeholders, NEN develops standards and keeps them up to date. The organisation is independent and works closely with DEKRA to make the world a safer place. Robert van den Berg, Key Account Manager at NEN: “I prefer to call it a partnership” 11 NEN is committed to promoting the safety of products and processes. Standards also have a practical function: by creating clarity, they make it much easier for market participants to reach agreement with one another. “Our collaboration with DEKRA is very important in this regard,” says Robert van den Berg, Key Account Manager at NEN. “The specialists from DEKRA apply our standards when they test and certify products and processes. The company has a broad focus and access to all our standards. But DEKRA also plays an important role in the development of standards. Various DEKRA experts serve on our standards committees and share the knowledge they have gained by working with a wide range of companies, both nationally and internationally. We use that knowledge to develop new concepts and better functionality for our customers. Our collaboration is truly interactive – it makes us both stronger. That’s why I prefer to call it a partnership.” Always up to date Technology develops fast and standards have to keep pace. New information must be shared with the market as quickly as possible. NEN Connect was developed to make sure users always apply the latest standards. “This online system means that standards are accessible everywhere and always up to date,” says Van den Berg. “That’s beneficial for all parties concerned.” His view is endorsed by Edith Cremers, Standards Manager at DEKRA: “Since we started using NEN Connect, all our colleagues in The Netherlands and abroad have had direct access to the right standards. I maintain close contact with NEN to discuss functionality and new concepts and apply them within our organisation. We genuinely are working towards the same objective. For example, we’ve jointly developed a range of attractively priced packages of standards for businesses.” NEN Connect: nen.nl/nenconnect NEN and DEKRA Working together for a safer world Edith Cremers, Standards Manager at DEKRA: “Our colleagues apply the latest standards throughout the world”


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