Committee on Ethics and Law

The Committee on Ethics and Law succeeds the Standing Committee on Health Ethics and Health Law, which was discharged in 2015. It issues solicited and unsolicited advisory reports on topics and developments in the field of health ethics and health law. In addition, and where necessary, it supports other Health Council committees when important ethical or legal problems arise. A number of Committee members represent the Health Council in the Centre for Ethics and Health (Centrum voor Ethiek en Gezondheid), a joint venture of the Health Council of the Netherlands and the Council for Health and Society.

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.N.H. Schermer, physician, professor of philosophy of medicine and human enhancement, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, chairperson
  • A.C. de Die, lawyer, Verlink & De Die Lawyers, Amsterdam, vice chairperson
  • prof. T.A. Boer, professor by special appointment at the Lindeboom Chair in Healthcare Ethics, Theologic University Kampen
  • Prof. C. Leget, professor of care ethics; extraordinary professor of the ethics of palliative care, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht
  • Dr. M.C. Ploem, assistant professor of health law, Amsterdam UMC
  • J.J. Rijken, lawyer, AKD lawyers & sollicitors, Amsterdam
  • Dr. G.J.M.W. van Thiel, professor of medical ethics, University Medical Center Utrecht
  • prof. B.C.A. Toebes, professor of Health Law in an International Perspective, University of Groningen
  • prof. A.A.E. Verhagen, pediatrician, head of the department of Pediatrics, UMC Groningen and professor of general pediatrics, in particular palliative care for children, University of Groningen
  • prof. M.C. de Vries, professor of Normative aspects of medicine, LUMC, Leiden


  • Dr. A.J. Struijs, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Hague
  • S. Koerhuis, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Hague

Scientific Secretaries:

  • Dr. R.E. van Hellemondt, Health Council, The Hague
  • Dr. S. Kalkman, Health Council, The Hague