Committee on the Identification of Environmental and Health Issues

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.

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.


  • 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 Environmental Ecology and Scientific Director IBED (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics), University of Amsterdam


  • A.J.H.M. Dobbelsteen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Hague

Scientific Secretaries:

  • M.J. Alssema, Health Council, The Hague
  • J.W. Dogger, Health Council, The Hague
  • S.K. Guichelaar, Health Council, The Hague