The Bureau for Standardisation (NBN) is responsible for developing and selling standards in Belgium. In addition, NBN also organises training on the use of management standards.


Together with its sector operators, NBN acts as the Belgian knowledge centre for all activities related to standardisation.
NBN plays a societal role by helping companies, consumers, public authorities and other stakeholders to strive for greater quality within an international competitive context. We do so by offering services related to the development, publication, dissemination and use of standards.

ISO 9001

In June 2018, NBN was ISO 9001 certified. The Bureau for Standardisation hereby not only walks the talk, it also has a finely tuned quality management system in place to offer even better services to its clients.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of NBN is composed of representatives from companies, trade unions, federal and regional authorities as well as consumer organisations. It has 30 full members and 30 deputy members. 

Annual report

Every year NBN draws up an annual report. You can consult the annual report 2019 in Dutch or in French. 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of NBN is composed of the Chair of the Executive Committee and the Technical Director. It is responsible for day-to-day management of NBN and takes all necessary or useful action to fulfil its tasks. The Executive Committee meets once every two weeks.

Sector operators

Sector operators are responsible for administrative and technical monitoring of one or more Technical Committees (TCs) within a specific field. Sector operators are recognised by the NBN Board of Directors..

Legal form

NBN is a public interest body under the supervision of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs, in charge of Foreign Trade. The mission of NBN is laid down in the Act of 28 February 2013 introducing the Code on economic law.

Administrative information

Bank details:

Bpost Bank

Rude du Marquis 1 bte 2

1000 Brussels

Account no. : 000-3255621-10

IBAN BE 41 0003 2556 2110

VAT:  BE 0880.857.592


NBN Terms and conditions of sale

NBN and SMEs

According to Article 6(3) of EU Regulation 1025/2012 on standardisation, NBN sends a yearly report to the European standardization organizations regarding its activities in support of SMEs. 

You can read the NBN report here.