In order to monitor and stimulate the compliance with legislation and regulations, the inspectorate must reinforce the latter. This can be carried out by supervision, service and by detecting criminal offences. When the inspectorate detects that citizens or companies do not comply with the law, it may be necessary to act, to intervene. For this purpose the inspector has a broad range of instruments or interventions at his disposal.

The aim of an intervention is to prevent, terminate, correct or punish an offence. It is the task of the inspectorate to motivate citizens or companies to comply with legislation and regulations. This may be done both willingly or unwillingly. It is not the aim of the inspectorate to always punish as severely as possible. However, the aim is to always be effective by applying instruments as light as possible.

Limits to the power of the inspector

Similar to persons who are subject to supervision, an inspector must also act within the limits of his power. This limitation is based on the following:

  • General principles of proper administration
  • Legislation and regulations
  • ILT intervention policy, elaborated in the intervention ladder


The intervention framework applies to:

  • Companies and persons
  • Certified institutions
  • Provinces (inter-administrative supervision)
  • Other authorities