The Board of the Health Council of the Netherlands consists of a President and a Vice President. The Council has about 100 members, coming from all parts of the country and from various disciplines. Together they cover the five domains of the Council: Healthcare, Prevention and screening, Nutrition, Human environment and Working conditions.
Additionally, there is the Presidium Committee, which is a think tank for strategic issues and the general running of the Health Council. This Committee consists of the President and Vice President of the Council, both Chairpersons of the Standing Committee, the Chairpersons of the permanent committees, and the Executive Director.
Each advisory report is reviewed by the Standing Committee before being published.
Due to the Council’s size, organising plenary meetings is not feasible. Instead, members, along with external experts, join focused committees specifically appointed to address particular questions that have been submitted. In addition, there are permanent committees which are responsible for providing advice on frequently recurring topics.
Finally, there is jongGR (Young Health Council), a network of young scientists who are involved in the work of the council when appropriate.