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Biological testing preceding an archive transfer

The Dutch Public Records Act 1995 is the main law in the Netherlands which

sets rules in the field of general information from the central government.

When your archive must be transferred to another archive depot a biological

test should take place in advance. We check your archives/depots for the

presence of dirt, lint, active mould/fungal spores and insects such as

silverfish. After the inspection you receive a comprehensive report of the

test findings containing advice and an appropriate course of action to take

in case the archive is affected. The inspection should be performed at least

14 days prior to the transfer taking place.

Biological testing for an affected archive

If there is a threat that your archive is affected by mould we can perform

an inspection and random sampling of the archive to determine the presence

of active mould and the risks they pose.

In this case the inspection is performed in accordance with the official

sampling method of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE, formerly the

Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage, ICN).


You can contact us for disinfection and cleaning of an affected archive

or depot.


We also assess the concentration of mould in archives and storage spaces

over a longer period. With the help of instruments, Rodac plates and swab

samples an indication can be given of a possible spread of mould.

For each depot standard procedure includes:

-Measurement of active mould spores in the air.

-Measurement of active mould in surface dust.

-Qualitative measurement of mould on and in difficult to reach places.

-Climate control and relative humidity of the air.

-Publishing a report. This is valid for 2 months.




Allan S. Cramer


T: + 31 (0)6 2857 1015 / +31 (0)15 257 44 64

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