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Initial assessment – propriety assessment


Published: 14 July 2017

De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) verifies whether a candidate's propriety is beyond doubt, focusing on intentions, actions and professional history of management or supervisory board members that may get in the way of carrying out their duties. Our main focus is professional history and relevant background information.

In principle, we only assess propriety once. Candidates who have passed the assessment will not require reassessment. Our decision will stand unless a change in the relevant facts or circumstances provides grounds for reassessing propriety.

A propriety assessment relates only to the candidate. This means that – unlike a fitness assessment – our decision does not depend on circumstances such as the composition of the management board, the type of institution that the proposed appointment pertains to or the specific position that the candidate will hold.


We assess propriety based on information provided by the institution and the results of our own preliminary assessment.

Assessment criteria are defined in the Decision Prudential Rules Wft (Dutch only, for financial institutions), the Decision on the Supervision of Trust offices 2018 (for trust) and the Delegated Act Wwft 2018 (for crypto service providers). The Decree Implementing the Pensions Act and the Mandatory Occupational Pension Scheme Act (Refers to an external site) applies to the assessment of governing board members, internal supervisors and members of stakeholder bodies of occupational and other pension funds.
Propriety assessments cover qualities such as veracity, sense of responsibility, respect for the law, openness, sincerity, prudence, punctuality, incorruptibility, discretion and probity.

Notifying changes

Propriety is an ongoing requirement. The relevant management or supervisory board member as well as the institution are themselves responsible for reporting any changes in circumstances to DNB that have not been reported earlier, and are required to do so. We will then establish whether or not such notification constitutes reasonable grounds to reconsider our earlier decision (reassessment). We will treat failure to immediately report any material facts, professional history and other relevant background information, and will take this very seriously when assessing propriety.