Committee on Nutrition

The Committee on Nutrition focuses on questions about the quality, production and consumption of foods. This involves looking at both the required energy and nutrients and the potential health risks of nutrients, foods and food patterns. Moreover, the committee follows scientific developments regarding a number of issues which generate a lot of public interest, such as the obesity problem and dietary guidelines for pregnant women and young children.

The membership of the committee may differ from one advice to another. Because a permanent committee addresses more than one topic, potential conflicts of interests of committee members will be re-evaluated at the start of each advisory process. The composition of the Committee by advice can be found on the last page of the advisory report.


  • Prof. M. Visser, Professor of Healthy Aging, VU University Amsterdam, chairperson
  • Prof.  J.W.J. Beulens, Professor of lifestyle and cardiometabolic disease epidemiology, Amsterdam UMC, vice chairperson
  • Dr. L. Afman, associate professor molecular nutrition, Wageningen UR
  • Prof. S.J.L. Bakker, Professor of Internal Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Prof. E. Blaak, Professor of the Physiology of Fat Metabolism, Maastricht University
  • Prof. H. Boersma, Professor of clinical epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases,  Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
  • Prof. J.B. van Goudoever, Professor of Paediatrics, Amsterdam UMC
  • Prof. M.T.E. Hopman, Professor of Integrative Physiology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen
  • Prof. S. Kremers, Professor Prevention of Obesity, Maastricht University Medical Center+
  • Prof. R.P. Mensink, Professor of Molecular Nutrition, Maastricht University
  • Dr. N. de Roos, assistant professor nutrition and health, Wageningen UR
  • Prof. C.D.A. Stehouwer, Professor of Internal Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Center+
  • Dr. J. Verkaik-Kloosterman, nutritionist, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven
  • Prof. E. de Vet, Professor of Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles, Wageningen University

Supplementary committee for the advice on nutrition in cardiometabolic disorders:

  • Dr. K.A.C. Berk, Registered Dietitian and Postdoc Researcher Department of Internal Medicine at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam  (structurally consulted expert since 24 juni 2020)
  • Dr. R.G. Voortman, Principal Investigator of Nutrition and Lifestyle Epidemiology, Erasmus MC and Wageningen UR
  • H. van Wijland, MD, General practitioner (not practicing; retired since 2016); Guest lecturer Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Breederode Hogeschool (structurally consulted expert since 24 juni 2020)


  • Dr. E. Brink, The Netherlands Nutrition Centre, The Hague
  • dr. I. Groenenberg, The Netherlands Nutrition Centre, The Hague
  • M. Kunst, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Hague
  • B.H. Smale, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Hague

Scientific Secretaries:

  • Dr. J. de Goede, Health Council, The Hague
  • L.M. Hengeveld, MSc, Health Council, The Hague
  • Dr. K.G. van der Mark-Reeuwijk, Health Council, The Hague
  • E.J. Schoten, Health Council, The Hague
  • Dr. I. Sluijs, Health Council, The Hague
  • Dr. C.J.K. Spaaij, Health Council, The Hague