The effects of our living environment on health are a subject that is being approached in an increasingly international way. This trend is understandable, given that environmental effects do not recognise national borders. The effects of measures aimed at limiting risks are also felt internationally. Moreover, successful intervention requires joint effort. Monitoring developments in the “health and the environment” focus area is therefore a permanent activity of the Health Council of the Netherlands. In this context, the strength of scientific indications for certain environmental effects and their significance to the Netherlands are assessed. The findings are reported in descriptions (advisory reports provided at the Council’s own initiative).

This activity is a permanent part of the Environmental health focus area.


  • Dr. F. Woudenberg, Head of the Environmental Health Department of the Municipal Health Service (GGD), Amsterdam, chairman
  • Professor J.W. Erisman, Professor of Integrated Nitrogen Issues, VU University, Amsterdam, and Chief Executive Officer, Louis Bolk Institute, Driebergen
  • Dr. P.J. van den Hazel, Physician, Specialist in Environmental Medicine, Public Health Service Central Gelderland, Arnhem
  • Professor M.A. Koelen, Professor of Communication and Health Promotion, Wageningen University & Research
  • Professor E. Lebret, Professor of Environmental Health Impact Assessment, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University
  • Professor R. Leemans, Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis, Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Professor H. van Lente, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Maastricht University
  • Professor J.P. van der Sluijs, Professor of Theory of Science & Ethics of the Natural Sciences , University of Bergen, Norway; Associate Professor Emerging Risks, Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University
  • Professor A.P. van Wezel, professor of water quality and human health, Utrecht University
  • A.J.H.M. Dobbelsteen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Hague, observer
  • A.J. van Drielen, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, observer
  • J.W. Dogger, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary
  • Dr. P.W. van Vliet, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, scientific secretary