Appealing to a decision by an MREC

If you do not agree with a decision made by an MREC then you can, as an interested party and under certain conditions, submit an administrative appeal to the CCMO. This must be done within six weeks after the day on which the decision was reached. The General Administrative Law Act (Algemene Wet Bestuursrecht, in Dutch) also states conditions which have to be met.

Your administrative appeal must contain at the least the following:

  • your name and address;
  • a description of the decision against which you are appealing;
  • the date;
  • your signature;
  • the grounds of the administrative appeal (the reasons why you do not agree with the decision of the MREC).

To process the administrative appeal the CCMO must have at its disposal the research file, the decision of the MREC and all relevant correspondence.

You can send the administrative appeal by post to the CCMO.

The CCMO processes the appeal by going over the protocol on the basis of the content of the appeal and if necessary comes to a new decision which replaces the decision reached by the MREC. The CCMO has in principle 16 weeks to process an appeal. This timeline starts on the day after the 6 week period for submitting an administrative appeal has elapsed. The CCMO can extend this timeline with a further 10 weeks.

Both the submitting party of the appeal and the MREC can be present at a hearing to explain their standpoint.

An appeal can be made to a court of law against a decision made by the CCMO on an administrative appeal. The General Administrative Act Law (Algemene wet bestuursrecht, Awb, in Dutch) gives the conditions which have to be met for submitting an appeal.

Objection to a decision by the CCMO

If you do not agree with a decision made by the CCMO then you can, as an interested party, and under certain conditions, submit an objection to the CCMO. This must be done within 6 weeks of the day on which the decision was reached. The General Administrative Law Act (Algemene Wet Bestuursrecht, in Dutch) also states conditions which have to be met.

Your objection must state at the least the following:

  • your name and address;
  • a description of the decision against which you are objecting;
  • the date;
  • your signature;
  • the grounds of the objection (the reasons why you do not agree with the decision of the CCMO).

You can send your objection by post to the CCMO.

The CCMO has in principle 6 weeks to reach a decision regarding your objection. This timeline starts on the day after the 6 week period for submitting an objection has elapsed. The CCMO can extend this timeline with a further 6 weeks.

An interested party can be present at a hearing to explain their standpoint.

An appeal can be made to a court of law against a decision made by the CCMO regarding an objection. The General Administrative Act Law (Algemene wet bestuursrecht, Awb, in Dutch) states the conditions which have to be met for submitting an appeal.