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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


Advisory report for public review ‘Dimethyl sulphate’

24 April 2014 – The Health Council of the Netherlands has published a draft report with an evaluation of the carcinogenic properties of dimethyl sulphate. The draft report is prepared by the Subcommittee on Classification of Carcinogenic Substances of the Dutch Expert Committee on Occupational Safety (DECOS) of the Health Council. Read more

Four reproduction toxicity evaluations

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

New research needed into a vaccine against pertussis

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



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