Ship Sanitation Certificate

Applications for Ship Sanitation Certificates should be made to GGD Fryslân 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.

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

Application form



The costs differ per type of ship. Since the 1st of July 2023 the hourly GGD Fryslân rate is €126,53.

Costs per type of ship


WHO guidelines

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):

  • galley and food areas
  • pantry and storage rooms
  • holds
  • officer and crew accommodation
  • drinking water
  • sewage system
  • ballast tanks
  • waste (inc. medical waste)
  • standing water
  • engine room
  • medical facilities
  • 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 GGD Fryslân.

Handbook for Inspection of Ships and Issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates


There are three types of certificate:

Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (SSCEC)

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.

Ship Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCC)

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.

Extension of the Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (ESSCEC)

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.

Other ports

Ship Sanitation Certificates can also be applied for at other Dutch ports. For more information visit IHR Ship Sanitation Certificates in the Netherlands.


For questions or more information, contact GGD Fryslân.