An association under Dutch law is a legal person with members, which has as its object to provide its members for specific material needs. An association is not allowed to distribute provide amongst its members. The members are represented in general meeting of members. An association is managed by a board which exist of at least a chairman, a secretary and a treasurer.
Dutch law distinguishes two types of associations. An informal association is an association is not incorporated by a notarial deed and has limited legal personality. If the association is incorporated by a notarial deed, it will be referred to as association with full legal personality.