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Meticulous vetting sets TEFAF apart

TEFAF sets itself apart from every other organization in the thoroughness of its vetting and the dedication of the vetting committees to the vetting process. The vetting process is one of the main pillars of TEFAF Maastricht’s success.

TEFAF constantly monitors and adapts to the changing dynamics of the international art market. This is evident in our stringent and transparent vetting standards and procedures, which are continually evolving. This creates the best possible environment for collectors, be they private or institutional, and exhibiting dealers to buy and sell the highest quality works of art currently on the market.

TEFAF achieves this by bringing together the world’s leading experts from a multitude of disciplines to adhere to and implement TEFAF’s vetting procedures and regulations. This enables TEFAF to create a very high standard that applies across all its fairs.

Vetting Committees are composed primarily of academics, curators, conservators, conservation scientists and independent scholars.

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In the days before the fair opens, TEFAF’s vetting committees conduct a meticulous examination of every piece on display in respect of its authenticity, condition, and attribution to ensure that the object is worthy of display. Objects are accepted for display once they have been approved by the relevant vetting committee.

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The vetting committees are supported by the TEFAF Scientific Research Team (SRT) who provide access to advanced on-site instrumentation and scientific research techniques. These tools are essential to the vetting process and enable the vetting experts to take a holistic approach to vetting based on their expertise and extensive experience.


The ALR is the world’s largest privately managed database of stolen, missing and looted works of art and antiques. As well as being vetted for authenticity, attribution and condition, exhibits at TEFAF are checked against the Art Loss Register (ALR) database of 700,000 items subject to a claim. The ALR includes items reported as lost or stolen, subject to a dispute or loan, or with other issues. Any object found to be subject to a claim is removed from the fair immediately.

Thanks to this procedure, buyers at TEFAF Fairs can feel confident that any object offered to them has been the subject of detailed scrutiny.