Food Scientist for Hire

General Terms

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS Of Food Scientist For Hire (FSFH), Valensplein 3A, 5528 AL in Hoogeloon, The Netherlands.


Customer: A person or company that buys good or services.
Work: Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.
Premises: A house or building, together with its land and outbuildings, occupied by a business or considered in an official context.
Ingredients: Any of the foods or substances that are combined to make a particular food product.
Shipping: The transport of goods.

Article 1. General

The terms and conditions set out below shall form part of the agreement concluded with FSFH.

Our General Terms and Conditions shall apply in accordance with the most recent version and to all subsequent transaction without any need of express reference there  or agreement thereon at the conclusion of such transaction.

FSFH object to any counter confirmation, counter offer or other reference by the customer to its General Terms and Conditions; any dissenting terms and conditions of the customer shall only apply if FSFH have confirmed the same in writing.

Article 2. Offers

2.1 Offers placed by FSFH shall not be regarded as accepted before these have been confirmed to us in writing. If FSFH should fail to confirm an agreement in writing, which FSFH have entered into verbally or in a telephone conversation, then the receipt of FSFH’s invoice shall be regarded as confirmation.

Article 3. Payment

Invoices shall be paid no later than 7 days after the invoice date. Thereafter the customer is obliged to pay any accrued interests and costs of collecting payments.

Unless stated otherwise in writing, all amounts mentioned in an agreement by FSFH or which are agreed upon verbally are exclusive VAT.

Article 4. Confidentiality


The customer shall keep secret know-how and data of FSFH mentioned in the Agreements for the duration of the project and two (2) years thereafter or two (2) years from the date of the last offer whichever is the latest. FSFH shall keep secret all know-how and data that it has been provided in writing or on behalf by the customer and which has been characterised as explicitly confidential, for two (2) years from the date on which its know-how and data have been received.

Any development or other work of FSFH shall be kept secret by the customer, unless its development has not been part of the respective agreement.

This obligation to secrecy holds for a period of two (2) years after the date of sending the written report, as meant in article 6 hereof unless FSFH and the customer have agreed on another term.

The obligation to secrecy described in articles 4.1 and 4.2 here of is not applicable to:

  • a) know-how, data and results that are already in the possession of the receiving party at the moment the receiving party is informed of the know-how and data concerned
  • b) know-how, data and results that were or have become publicly known without being the result of any action or failure or breach of the receiving party,
  • c) know-how, data and results that have been lawfully obtained from a third party by the receiving party,
  • d) know-how and data that have been obtained through FSFH’s own research and development without making use of know-how data and results to be kept secret that have been provided by the customer.
  • e) that part of the results that refers to the analysis or measuring methods, methods of working, techniques and recipes, unless the customer has been given right of exclusive use with regard to the results

The customer shall keep secret the part of the results that refers to analysis or measuring methods, methods of work, techniques, recipes, unless the customer has been given the right of exclusive use of such result.

Article 5. Obligation of the customer

The customer shall, as soon as possible after signing the Agreement give Food Scientist For Hireall information and necessary material and instruments Food Scientist For Hireneeds for performing the work free of charge. The customer shall supply all information regarding materials and raw materials that is of importance for preventing injury or damage with special emphasis on the hazardous and dangerous aspects.

The customer, or his authorized representative can be present at the execution of the work, if the customer and Food Scientist For Hire have agreed this on in advance.

Article 6. Reporting&Completion of work

The execution of the work will be concluded by a written report to be sent by FSFH to the customer by email or post, describing the results and conclusions from the work.

Article 7. Intellectual property rights

The customer will be the sole owner and will have the exclusive, transferable right of use of the results as described in the Agreement, as far as the results consist of data.

All data, methods, technologies and recipes that FSFH possessed before the start of the project belongs to FSFH and FSFH will remain the sole owner of these rights. If needed, the customer may obtain a license for use on conditions to be agreed.

The customer will get a non-exclusive, non-transferable right of use of methods and technologies (e.g. measuring methods, methods of work, technologies and recipes) unless the development of these methods and technologies are the explicit aim of the project and all (outstanding) invoices of FSFH have been fully and irrevocably paid. FSFH -in all cases- will have the right to use these methods and technologies for itself and for third parties. In case the customer and FSFH have agreed that the customer has the right to an exclusive, transferable use of results of the project, FSFH has the right to use the results exclusively for itself.

If the customer will make use of his right to grant sub licenses to third parties as described in article 7.3 hereof, the customer and FSFH shall agree upon a compensation to be paid to FSFH for this sub license.

The right of use as per article 7.1 and 7.3 hereof is only applicable from the time when FSFH has received complete payment for the work executed.

Both during and after the period during which FSFH pursuant to article 4.2, is obliged to secrecy, FSFH has the right to use for itself and third parties, or put at the disposal of third parties.

  • a) know-how and data present at FSFH on acceptance of the order.
  • b) results of the work outside the area of the order.
  • c) know-how, data and results of the work with regard to which, pursuant to what has been laid down in Article 4.3 no obligation to secrecy is applicable.

The customer is not allowed to use results from reports of work done by FSFH for submitting a claim for damages against third parties, for starting legal proceedings and the preparatory actions connected with them and for advertising nor to use the name of FSFH in any connection, unless upon prior written permission from FSFH.

Reports, drawings and other tangible matters resulting from work done for the customer are the property of the customer, but FSFH keeps the copyright and other intellectual rights of ownership with regard to the afore mentioned reports, drawings and tangible matters. The customer will refer to the relevant authors of FSFH in publications.

Article 8. Protection of know-how

The customer has the right to apply for patent protection in their name and his expense for the results meant in article 7.1 above. The customer shall mention as inventor in the patent application all the relevant FSFH employees.

FSFH has the right to apply for patent protection in its own name and at its own expense for the results meant in article 7.3 above, unless FSFH and the customer have agreed otherwise in writing.

If the customer makes no use of his right pursuant to article 8.1 above, he shall inform FSFH in writing within three (3) months in which case FSFH has the right to file such patent application in its own name and its own expense, unless the customer can clearly demonstrate that such patent application seriously impairs his business objectives.

Article 9. Liability

FSFH is liable only for the direct damage that the customer suffers through an accountable shortcoming of FSFH in the execution of the work however only to the maximum amount that has been invoiced by FSFH to the customer, or a lesser amount which is established by the liability insurance of FSFH which is covering the case concerned. Liability is specifically excluded insofar customer executes or applies the work/ advice of FSFH in a way other than explicitly indicated by FSFH.

The completion of the project implies that the customer has renounced any right to appeal to any further liability of FSFH, other than as described in article 9.1. The customer also indemnifies FSFH from any claims against third parties, unless gross debt or evil intent of FSFH is proven. The amount of liability is restricted by the amount which FSFH has invoiced/ has been paid.

FSFH does not accept any liability for damages that arise from results that are not eligible for patenting, or in application of the results of infringements of the intellectual property or license rights of third parties.

FSFH does not accept liability for direct or indirect damages of the customer or his staff occurring during stay on the FSFH premises.

FSFH does not guarantee the completeness of the research for (patent) literature and/or market surveys it carries out in conjunction with the project.

Claims towards FSFH for direct or indirect damages arising out of a project carried out by FSFH expire within a year after sending the written report, if FSFH has not been notified of such a claim in writing, unless the customer proves it was impossible for him to comply with his duty to report within the term stated.

FSFH is not liable or responsible for production of a food product that is carried out by a third-party manufacturer. If failure of manufacturing, FSFH is not liable for loss of stock.

FSFH is not liable for the shelf-life and storage of customer’s ingredients stored at FSFH’s premises.

When food products or ingredients are shipped to the customer or third-party manufacturer, FSFH is not liable for loss, breakage or any other failure of ingredients or food products. Shipment of valuable cargo to and from FSFH’s is at customer’s risk.

Food products and samples are made in a facility that also processes food containing allergens such as tree nuts, cereals containing gluten, eggs, celery, crustaceans, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs, mustard, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites. Consumption of our food products should be atcustomer’s own risk. FSFH is not liable for any injuries may have been caused by consuming our food products.

Our regulatory checks should be taken as advice based on our current market knowledge and experience. Consulting with a legal advisor should be done before final packaging for a food product is printed. FSFH is not liable for any challenge by the local authorities.

Article 10. Final provisions

If the work ordered by the customer is prematurely terminated by mutual agreement, the provisions in articles 7, 8 and 9. hereof apply to the results obtained until then. All expenses incurred, obligations and agreements made until then are to be paid by the customer.

If an exemption or permit necessary for the execution of the work is revoked, the execution of the work is terminated. In that case, the customer owes the costs incurred at the moment of termination. The damage suffered by the customer as a result of such termination has to be paid by the customer.

If the customer does not fulfil any essential obligation that is imposed on him pursuant to these General Terms and Conditions and after having been declared in default thereof as it has still not complied within a reasonable term mentioned in the proof of default, he loses any right to the results of the work performed by FSFH, without prejudice to the right of FSFH to claim compensation of damages suffered and still to be suffered.

The agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with Dutch law. The competent Court in ‘s Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, shall settle disputes between the customer and FSFH  that cannot be solved by mutual agreement.

The invalidity of any provision of these general terms shall not affect the validity of the other provisions. Invalid provisions shall be deemed to be replaced by such valid provisions which shall be suitable to implement the economic purpose of the deleted provision to the greatest extent possible.