Smart Regulation for Innovation

Legal solutions for stimulating innovation and investments for a strong, sustainable and circular economy


Room for innovative and circular entrepreneurship

You want to invest in innovation, but you find yourself limited by legislation and regulations. The Dutch government wants to stimulate and facilitate innovations and investements, particularly in the area of green growth and circular economy. Therefore the government started the programme Smart Regulation for Innovation. We help to make regulations more stimulating for innovative investments.
Is your busisiness impeded by regulatory barriers, please report this at: info@ruimteinregels.nl.


Our Procedure

When you have reported an issue, we will contact you to do an intake, either by telephone or at your company. In this meeting we try together with you to get a sharp picture of the problem and the onderlying causes. Then, a member of our multidisciplinary team will consult with the relevant stakeholders in order to find a solution.
We work together with a number of governmental and other organisations.

In some cases it will be sufficient to review and explain the existing legislation. In other cases, amendment of legislation is needed. Sometimes a technical amendment is sufficient, sometimes a more fundamental change in policy is required.
Our aim is to create legal flexibility in favour of growth, investements and innovations, without losing sight of the public values, such as health and the environment. Therfore it is possible that due to a conflict of interest no solution can be found.
Information about resolved cases is published (anonymous) on our website www.ruimteinregels.nl. This will allow other entrepreneurs to profit from the new flexibility as well. Of course all business information will be treated confidentially.
We also use the gathered information to do proposals to make legislation more stimulating for innovation.

Special counters for the chemical and agricultural sectors

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The chemical and agricultural sectors often experience specific barriers for investments and at the enactment and maintenance of regulations.
Therefore we created special (digital) counters for these sectors.
If you are operating in the chemical sector or the agricultural sector and you are impeded by regulatory barriers, please contact us at chemieloket@minez.nl en agroloket@minez.nl.

Examples of barriers and solutions

Certification (selfregulation)
Besides laws and regulations, standardization, certification and eqiuvalence can be instruments to stimulate innovation. But especially smaller companies have difficulties to get their products to the market due to ( too rigid) standards. In some cases no standard has yet been developed that can be applied for a specific innovation.And often the costs and completion time to prove the equivalence of their products are too high and long for a acceptable return on investment. The Dutch organisation that supports the standardization process (NEN) has installed so called innovations brokers to help innovative entrepeneurs who experience problems with existing standards.

Re-use of batteries for electric cars
The batteries of the first generation electrical cars now end up for waste treatment and recycling.
Most of the batteries still function, but are no longer suitable to actuate a car. The Dutch government supports a project of entrepeneurs to use the batteries for stationairy storage of wind energy. To make this possible, the regulation about the liability of the company that made the battery had to be amended. The reason is that the batteries originally weren’t made to be connected with windmills to storage energy.


Interested in more examples of barriers and solutions? See our website www.ruimteinregels.nl (in Dutch).

Smart Regultion for Innovation is a programme of the ministries of Economic Affairs & Climate and of Infrastructure & Water Management. Other partners are the ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality, the ministry of the Inerior & Kindom Relations, RWS, RVO, RIVM, RVB, NEN and ILT.