The Health Council’s task is to advise ministers and parliament on issues in the field of public health. Most of the advisory opinions that the Council produces every year are prepared at the request of one of the ministers. In addition, the Health Council issues unsolicited advice that has an ‘alerting’ function. In some cases, such an alerting report leads to a minister requesting further advice on the subject.
All advisory reports from 1999 onwards are (in Dutch) available in digital format and can be downloaded as PDF files. A small selection of the reports published prior to this date has been digitalised and is also available for download from this site.
Since a few years our policy is to translate all our reports into English. Executive summaries of most reports are available in English.
Areas of activity
What is the optimum result of cure and care in view of the risks and opportunities?
Which forms of prevention can help realise significant health benefits?
Which foods promote good health and which carry certain health risks?
Which environmental influences could have a positive or negative effect on health?
How can employees be protected against working conditions that could harm their health?
Before we can harvest knowledge in the field of healthcare, we first need to ensure that the right seeds are sown.