“Do No Significant Harm” (DNSH) certification

Validation and compatibility verification of an economic activity or intervention / project based on the DNSH principle

Certificazione “Do No Significant Harm” (DNSH)

The EU regulation on Taxonomy of sustainable activities as per art. 17 - EU Regulation 2020/852, introduces the criteria for determining how every organisation contributes significantly to environmental protection, without causing significant harm to any of the six environmental objectives provided by the same regulation.

The DNSH principle is fundamental for the Recovery and Resilience Facility and for Next Generation Europe, the measures put in place by the European Union to encourage the post-pandemic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis. 

What does DNSH define as ‘significant harm’?

The DNSH principle considers harmful any organisation or project which:

What do we offer?

We offer a validation and/or compatibility verification of the DNSH principle for organisations or projects / interventions, through a systematic, independent and documented process, resulting in an opinion issuance, to assure the interested stakeholders of compatibility with the DNSH principle. The validation is an ex-ante conformity assessment on interventions / projects to be financed, whereas the verification is an ex-post conformity assessment on financed interventions / projects.

To whom is it addressed?

Our service is aimed at organisations which:


RINA has many years of experience in the field of sustainability with particular expertise in the analysis and assessment of environmental aspects and related impacts. We are recognised and accredited by many international bodies for the main certification schemes in the sustainability sector.

Find out more about EU Taxonomy and our services for verification of the taxonomy alignment declaration

The regulation has the objective of identifying the level of sustainability of an investment related to an eco-sustainable economic activity and is part of the ‘Action Plan on Sustainable Finance’- (March 2018), which defines a global strategy on sustainable finance.

It is a European programme for which €750 billion has been allocated with the aim of promoting recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

RRP is the Recovery and Resilience Plan. It includes, in detail, the actions that any EU member will take with the money of the recovery funds, following approval by the European Commission.


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