Subcommittee on the Classification of Carcinogenic Substances

The task of the Subcommittee on the Classification of Carcinogenic Substances is to assess whether substances to which employees can be exposed at their respective workplaces are carcinogenic. This is done by classifying the substances according to the new classification system based on EU Directives.

The advisory reports of this Committee are drawn up in accordance with its own working method in order to arrive at scientifically sound and useful advice from a policy point of view.

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. Dr. H.P.J. te Riele, Professor of Molecular Biology, VU University Amsterdam, and Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, chairperson
  • Dr. R.W.L. Godschalk, genetic toxicology and molecular epidemiology, Maastricht University
  • Dr. E. de Rijk, Phd, toxicologic pathologist, Charles River Laboratories, ‘s Hertogenbosch
  • Dr. J.J. Vlaanderen, epidemiologist, Utrecht University
  • Dr. J. Van Benthem, Genetic Toxicologist, National Health Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, structurally consulted expert


  • M. Woutersen, Bureau REACH, RIVM, Bilthoven

Scientific Secretaries:

  • J.M. Rijnkels, Health Council, The Hague
  • Dr. S.R. Vink, Health Council, The Hague
  • V.P.L. van de Weijgert, Health Council, The Hague