The Health Council of the Netherlands
The Health Council is an independent scientific advisory body. It is our task to provide the government and parliament with advice in the field of public health and health/healthcare research.
This website contains the advisory reports we have published to date and provides information about advisory opinions in preparation, our planning and who we are.
Areas of activity
What is the optimum result of cure and care in view of the risks and opportunities?
Which forms of prevention can help realise significant health benefits?
Which foods promote good health and which carry certain health risks?
Which environmental influences could have a positive or negative effect on health?
How can employees be protected against working conditions that could harm their health?
Before we can harvest knowledge in the field of healthcare, we first need to ensure that the right seeds are sown.
3 April 2014 – The Health Council of the Netherlands has reviewed hydroxyurea, ifosfamide, 3-methylcholanthrene and tellurium. These reports are part of a series, in which the Health Council evaluates the effects of substances on reproduction, at request of the Minister of Social affairs and Employment. Read more
26 March 2014 – For years only one hexavalent combination vaccine was available for the vaccination of infants. Recently, a second hexavalent combination vaccine was granted marketing authorization by the European Medicines Authority. Read more
19 March 2014 – There are indications that the phase prior to birth is a sensitive period for potential health damage due to exposure to substances found in the environment. The strength of these indications varies from one substance to another. Read more
The Health Council is an active member of the European Science Advisory Network for Health (EuSANH). EuSANH, which was started in 2006 and officially founded in 2011, is a European network of scientific advisory bodies in the field of public health. Read more