Access Management

The Techniek Nederland Forms API can be accessed by your application by using the OAUth protocol. Gaining access involves requesting an API key, authenticating users, and obtaining a token. This section will guide you through the process of accessing the API using the OAuth protocol. At the bottom of this section your will find the Authentication parameters for setting up the connection.

Requesting an API Key

To begin, you’ll need to request an API key at Techniek Nederland. The API key acts as a unique identifier for your client application and allows you to make authenticated requests to the Identity Service API (IDP). Please send an email to to request access. Please state your name, organisation, goal and provide us with the redirect_url (or multiple) for you application.

Authenticating Users

Once you have an API key for the IDP, your application needs permission from your user before you can access the API resources on behalf of them. OAuth provides a secure way to authenticate users through an Identity Service Provider (IDP), using the Authorization Code Flow.

Below are the steps for authenticating a user. Some technical details have been left out for these are usually described in documentation of your own OAuth library.

  1. Redirect Users to Techniek Nederland IDP (``) When a user wants to access the API through your application, the user must authorize your application in the IDP. This page typically requires the user to enter their credentials.

  2. Authorization After successful authentication, the IDP will present the user with a consent screen. This screen explains the permissions (actually scopes) your application is requesting, such as accessing specific forms or data on behalf of the user. The user must grant your application permission to access these resources. By default you will want to request the profile and openid scope, supplemented with the FGO and Form-specific scopes like FGO, FGOWS, FORMS and FORMSWS. Please see list of services for more detailed info on the scopes.

  3. Obtaining Authorization Code: Once the user grants permission, the IDP will redirect the user back to your application, providing an authorization code as a parameter in the redirect URL.

  4. Exchanging Authorization Code for Access Token Your application must securely exchange the authorization code with the IDP to obtain an access token. This access token represents the user’s authorization to access the API on their behalf.

If you want more info on the OAuth flow, please have a look at our tutorial on User Authentication.

Requesting Data from the API

With the user’s access token in hand, your application can make requests to the API on behalf of the user. Include the access token in the request headers to authenticate and authorize your application to access the API’s resources at

Remember, the access token has an expiration time. If the token expires, your application will need to use a refresh token or follow the authentication process again to obtain a new access token.

Authentication parameters

Connecting to identity service provider:






To be requested


Not applicable for client applications


Authorization code (make sure to use PKCE)


openid, profile, FGO, FGOWS