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).
- 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.