The Netherlands: Dutch National Association of General Practitioners fined for breach of seal

01 September 2010

Natascha Linssen

The Dutch Competition Authority (“NMa”) imposed a fine of EUR 51,000 on the Dutch National Association of General Practitioners (“LHV”) for breaching seals that had been affixed to a door by NMa officials during an investigation of the premises the night before.

The NMa takes breaches of seals very seriously and states that if seals are broken, it is very likely that this was done with the deliberate intention to remove evidence that is relevant to the investigation. The NMa uses seals that cannot be torn apart like paper. The seal changes colour once it is removed, leaving a blue residue that repeatedly makes up the word ‘STOP’.

Source: www.nmanet.nl