The SVN - Sterilisatie Vereniging Nederland aims to be the knowledge and network center in The Netherlands in the field of cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, transportation and management of medical devices.
The SVN seeks to increase knowledge, expertise, innovation, quality and professionalism in the field of disinfection, cleaning, sterilization, transportation and management of medical devices.
The association wants to achieve this by:
being in a powerful position in the Dutch health care system.
promoting mutual contacts and supporting and encouraging its members.
Increasing the knowledge and skills of its members by organizing and/or helping to organize continuous training, conferences, seminars and other forms of professional development and disseminating literature and information about the profession.
encouraging and carrying out fundamental and practical research in the field of cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing, transporting and managing medical devices.
standardizing and ensuring the quality of professional practice and providing (further) quality control training.
acting as a contact for governments and exerting influence on legislation and regulations and all policies that affects the profession, both nationally and internationally.
enhancing the image of the profession and the professional pride by providing information to third parties.
Area: 41,526 km² (land 33,883 km², water 7,643 km²)
Population: 16,318,199 (July 2004)
Capital: Amsterdam; The Hague is the seat of the government
Religion: Roman Catholic 31%, Protestant 21%, Muslim 4.4%, other 3.6%, unaffiliated 40% (1998)
Climate: temperate, marine with cool summers and mild winters
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +1hr (Central European Time)
Currency: Euro [EUR]
The Netherlands are in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany.
The Netherlands' territory is mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders), with some hills in the southeast.
With a total of 1,027 km land boundaries, The Netherlands share borders with
Belgium (450 km) and
Germany (577 km). The Netherlands' coastline to the North Sea extends over 451 km.
The Netherlands consist of twelve provinces (Drenthe, Flevoland, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Overijssel, Utrecht, Zeeland, Zuid-Holland) and two dependent areas (Aruba, Netherlands Antilles).