ISO/TC 176 'Quality management and quality assurance': 27 November - 2 December 2016


Venue for the ISO/TC 176 meeting is Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam, situated in the city center of the main port of Europe. With the green, elliptical office tower and the grand staircase at the entrance and catchers monument radiates naturally allure.

Postillion Convention Centre WTC has the highest rating of 5 hammer classification.
Sustainability is an important issue within the Postillion Convention Centre WTC. It has got the highest standard at the international Green Key qualification. Corporate social responsibility is implemented company wide.


Postillion WTC Rotterdam - Beursplein 37 - 3011 AA Rotterdam NL
T +31 (0) 10 405 44 62

Accessibility by plane
- Rotterdam The Hague Airport: 15 minutes by taxi or bus to the city center
- Amsterdam Schiphol Airport : 25 minutes by train to Rotterdam Central Station; 5-10 minutes by taxi, metro or tram to the venue
- Brussels Airport Zaventhem: 1.45h by international train (Thalys) to Rotterdam Central Station

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Meetings & floor plan

Find your meeting and related meeting room(s) in the schedule; the floor pan gives you an idea of the location of the room.

The Shipping Hall is the place for all the morning and afternoon breaks, water is available in the meeting room.

Download the meeting schedule

Registration desk - Shipping Hall
Open daily half an hour before the meetings start for picking up badges and questions. Participants receive a badge and nameplate (name & country) for the whole meetings week.
Wear your badge visibly during the meetings and social events!


  • ISO/TC 176 Closing plenary 16.00h Rotterdam Hall
  • SC 1 Closing plenary 8.30h Van Oldenbarnevelt
  • SC 2/TG SPOTG - Mees Auditorium
  • SC 2/WG 23 - Staal room
  • SC 2/WG 25 - Goudriaan room I&II
  • SC 2/WG 26 - New York room
  • SC 2/WG 27 - Penn room I
  • SC 2 Closing plenary 10.00h Rotterdam Hall
  • SC 3/WG 20 JWG TC 260 - Van der Veeken room
  • SC 3/WG 21 JWG TC 260 - Blue room
  • SC 3/WG Rev. TR 10013 - Van der Mandele Studio
  • SC 3/WG 18 Rev. 10001,2,3,4 - Tokyo room
  • SC 3 Closing plenary 13.00h Van Oldenbarnevelt
Breaks & time
Day Morning break Lunch break Afternoon break
Monday 28 November 10.00-10.15 12.00-13.00 14.30-15.00
Tuesday 29 November 10.15-10.45 12.30-13.45 15.15-15.45
Wednesday 30 November 10.15-10.45 12.30-13.45 15.15-15.45
Thursday 1 December 10.15-10.45 12.30-13.45 15.15-15.45
Friday 2 December 9.30-10.00 12.00-13.00 14.30-15.00

WIFI access

There is a special WIFI network for delegates:
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Open Forum Tuesday 29 November 18.30-20.00h

Download the lectures from the Open Forum Tuesday 29 November 2016

Lectures from the Open Forum

'Certified ISO 9001 systems - In search for added value'
NEN invites ISO/TC 176 delegates and experts to exchange thoughts on conformity assessment practices against and ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015. It is of strategic importance for ISO TC 176 that its standards have sustained relevancy for the market. Sound conformity assessment practices are of key importance for the perceived added value of the standards. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University has carried out several research projects to get an insight on this. Associate professor of Standarisation Dr. Henk de Vries likes to share the outcomes of these projects with the TC 176 audience and stimulate debate on how conformity assessment practices can be improved. Therefore NEN invites TC 176 delegates and experts to give feedback and other thoughts on the subjects that will be presented and have a fruitful discussion together. The discussion will be chaired by Dick Hortensius, Senior consultant at NEN. Interested in joining the Open Forum? Please register online or at our NEN registration desk in the Shipping Hall
Social event 1 December (evening)
Especially for the delegates of the ISO/TC 176 meetings we have made arrangements on party ship “De Smaragd” that will sail along the skyline of Rotterdam and through Rotterdam harbor: Europe’s main port! In the meantime you can enjoy drinks and a special dinner buffet! The tour starts at 7pm and estimated end 10.15pm. Don't forget your entrance ticket! Unfortunately we did not succeed in raising enough funds to offer you this dinner and we would like to inform you that the costs for the boat tour and dinner will be 50 Euro per person. Payment for this social event is to be done in cash at the registration desk; you will receive a receipt and an entrance ticket. The registration desk is open for payment on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 9am until 5pm.

Directions to partyship 'de Smaragd' pickup point: Leuvehoofd, Boompjes

WIFI access

There is a special WIFI network for delegates:
Choose NEN - Password internet2016

Lunch suggestions

Lunch breaks give you the opportunity to stroll through the city center to one of the many lunch rooms and restaurants or check the daily offer of 'Brasserie Staal'!

Suggestions and a map are available in the Restaurant Guide. Several restaurants offer our delegates a special congress menu and one free drink for € 27,50.

New in the neighborhood are:
The Market Hall: The first covered market in the Netherlands, is a place where good food and unique housing are harmoniously combined in a spectacular arch with 96 unique stalls and 20 shops and restaurants.
Roots in Hilton (in the guide as Hilton Bar & Restaurant): High quality cooking with seasonal ingredients.

Rotterdam is a young and dynamic city with a world-class port. The city of Rotterdam is internationally known for its modern architecture and design.

Rotterdam tourist information sites:
Discover Rotterdam
Places to visit in Rotterdam
Rotterdam tourist information


The average weather in November is unstable and chilly. Rainfall is common with an average day temperature between 4 and 10 degrees Celsius.

Currency: euro (€)
Exchange at any bank (opening hours 09:00 h – 17:00 h), and in most of the larger hotels. Bank notes are issued in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50 euro (100, 200, and 500 euro are usually not accepted).
Coins in use: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, and 1 & 2 euro.

Electricity supply
In the Netherlands the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type C / F. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs.

Selected hotels

We made a selection of hotels in the surroundings of the meeting venue Postillion WTC in various luxury and price ranges and negotiated special rates for delegates to this meeting.

* Hilton Rotterdam
* Bilderberg Parkhotel
* Rotterdam Marriott hotel
* Inntel Rotterdam Centre & Mainport hotel
* NHow Rotterdam hotel
* NH Atlanta Rotterdam hotel

Go to "Selected hotels Rotterdam'

Hotel room reservations are to be made on an individual basis at the hotel of your own choice.
Please use code "ISO/TC 176 meeting" if requested.

Reservations and payment should be made directly to the hotel of your choice.
Please note that any cancellations or changes made to reservations will need to be made directly with the hotel, and NEN nor any other sponsor or organizer accepts liability for reservations or cancellations. Any questions regarding your hotel reservation should be directed to the hotel.

Updates to the meeting schedule

Dated 10 November:
Open Forum on Tuesday 29 November 17.45-20.00h
'Certified ISO 9001 systems - In search of creating added value'

NEN invites ISO/TC 176 delegates and experts to exchange thoughts on conformity assessment practices against and ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015.

Dated 9 November:
SC 3 WG on revision of ISO 10017 is cancelled

Dated: 10 October
Audit Practices Group (APG)
meeting will now start on Monday, November 28th and continue through to Wednesday, November 30th. No APG meeting will take place on the 27th.
This group is being convened by Alex Ezrakhovich.

Dated: 13 September
Arabic Translation Task Force (ATTF)
meeting has been added for two days of meetings (November 29th and 30th).
This group is being convened by Osama Elmeligy.

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