The Belgian consumer organisation - Test-Achats in French, Test-Aankoop in Dutch - is an independent organisation defending the interests of consumers in Belgium since 1957. Test-Achats is the main interlocutor with the Belgian authorities on matters affecting the protection of the consumer. Test-Achats is fully funded by its 350,000 members who subscribe to its magazines. Test-Achats is a member of the Executive Board of BEUC, CI (Consumers International) as well as ICRT (International Consumer Research and Testing).

Success Stories

  • The European Court of Justice ruled in 2011 in a case brought by Test-Achats/Test-Aankoop that insurers cannot charge men and women different premiums based on gender as this constitutes illegal discrimination.
  • In 2010, Test-Achats/Test-Aankoop ensured Belgian authorities withdrew ‘carpet-puzzle’ foam from the market as it emitted particles harmful to human health, as proven by tests performed by Test-Achats. This ban was extended in 2011 across the EU.
  • In 2008, the Belgian professional association of driving schools was fined for price fixing by the Belgian Competition Council after a complaint lodged by Test-Achats on the basis of its survey showing that 80% of Belgian driving schools applied identical tariffs.


  • Founded in 1957
  • A BEUC founding member
  • 354 staff
  • Members in 2011: 350,000 private individuals
  • Consumers advised in 2011: 320,000

www.test-achats.be / www.test-aankoop.be

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Test Achats - Association Belge des Consommateurs
Full Member
13 rue de Hollande
1060 Bruxelles


Lobby and Press Director
Ivo Mechels
Phone: +32 (0) 2 542 35 55
E-mail: Imechels@test-aankoop.be