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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.

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Advisory report for public review ‘Adriamycin’

9 July 2014 – The Health Council of the Netherlands has published a draft report with an evaluation of the possibility to establish health-based calculated - occupational cancer risk values associated with excess cancer mortality levels as a result of exposure to adriamycin. Read more

More medication ADHD cause for concern

More medication ADHD cause for concern

3 July 2014 – In recent years the number of prescriptions for Ritalin among children and adolescents has quadrupled. Moreover, an increasing number of young people with ADHD-like problems appears to end up in the care circuit. Read more


1 July 2014 – Inhalation exposure 5-nitroacenaphthene at the workplace may cause cancer. A concentration of 1.5 mg 5-nitroacenaphthene per cubic meter of air (m3) for 40 years of occupational exposure corresponds to an excess cancer mortality 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