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The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe.

Medical guidelines


There exists no medical guidance for ME in The Netherlands. In 2015, the Dutch Parliament assigned the Dutch Health Council to advise on ME. However, the council decided to advise on ME/CFS instead, recommending that the criteria for Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID) be adopted.[1][2] The switch was met with heavy criticism.[1] According to the ME Vereniging Nederland, in the absence of guidance specific to ME, the guideline for acquired brain injury should be followed.[3]


The Dutch Health Council produced advice on CFS in 2005.[4] In February 2013, a basic medical guideline on CFS was published by CBO (in Dutch).[5]

National health department

Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport

Adres: Bezoekadres Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport Parnassusplein 5 2511 VX Den Haag

Postadres: Postbus 20350 2500 EJ Den Haag

Telefoonnummer: (070) 340 79 11 Faxnummer: (070) 340 78 34


Government health insurance

Private health insurance

Access to care

Social security and disability benefits

Patient groups




There is no government funding for research into ME in the Netherlands.

Research groups



Notable patients

See also

Learn more


  1. 1.01.1 Twisk, Frank (2018). "Dutch Health Council advisory report on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Taking the wrong turn". Diagnostics. 8 (2). doi:10.3390/diagnostics8020034. 
  2. Gezondheidsraad (2018). "ME/CVS". Retrieved Sep 16, 2018. 
  3. Coronel Instituut (2012), "Niet-Aangeboren Hersenletsel en Arbeidsparticipatie"

Myalgic encephalomyelitis or M.E. has different diagnostic criteria to chronic fatigue syndrome; neurological symptoms are required but fatigue is an optional symptom.<ref name="ICP2011primer">{{Citation

Myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome, often used when both illnesses are considered the same.

Systematic Exertion Intolerance Disease. A new term with new diagnostic criteria designed to replace chronic fatigue syndrome.<ref name="IOM2015">{{citation| last1 = Institute of Medicine| author-link = National Academy of Medicine| last2 = Committee on the Diagnostic Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome| title = Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness

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