The ANVS is an independent and transparent organisation. The way in which the ANVS carries out its duties must be clear both to the general public and to entrepreneurs, for example regarding the reasoning behind amendments to rules and regulations, its decisions, and the justification for where and how to intervene.

Continuous improvement and active communication

Continuous improvement is always paramount in this regard. The authority actively informs the national and international public about nuclear safety and radiation protection. The ANVS also informs the national and international organisations, relevant local, regional, national and international authorities and companies whose work involves radiation.

No interference

The ANVS functions with no political, community or administrative interference. The organisation is responsible, among other duties, for making its own decisions, allocating its budget and representing the Netherlands in international organisations in the areas of nuclear safety and radiation protection.

Knowledge and expertise

The ANVS promotes a high level of knowledge of nuclear safety and radiation protection in industries, (local) authorities and other organisations. The authority provides expertise and coordinates or participates in national and international nuclear and radiation research projects in order to strengthen its knowledge on nuclear safety and radiation protection.

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Our board

The ANVS board consists of 2 members: Annemiek van Bolhuis and Marco Brugmans.

Annemiek van Bolhuis, Chair of the board

Annemiek van Bolhuis was appointed as Chair of the board of the ANVS in 2020. She has over 30 years of experience in national and international public service and occupied several high-level positions in the public sector. Prior to working at the ANVS, Ms. Van Bolhuis was Director Public Health and Health Services at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

Ms. Van Bolhuis gained extensive international experience through her work at for the Ministry and for the United Nations Office for Drug and Crime at the Caribbean Office, and as a strategic advisor to the World Health Organization in Geneva.

In addition to her position at the ANVS, Ms. Van Bolhuis is a Member of the Scientific Committee of Santé Publique France. In 2023 Ms. Van Bolhuis was appointed co-chair of the Impact Group on Gender Equality in Nuclear Regulatory Agencies, in shared leadership with Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Marco Brugmans, Vice chair of the board

Marco Brugmans started at the ANVS in 2015. Since 2017, he is member and vice chair of the board. In August 2022, Mr. Brugmans was reappointed by the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management for a term of 5 years.

In 2023 Mr. Brugmans was appointed vice chair of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG). ENSREG is an independent advisory body of the European Commission. In his past, Mr. Brugmans worked as a researcher in radiotherapy at the National Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, as well as in radiation protection with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

In his spare time, Mr. Brugmans is Chairman of the Supervisory board of 'Het Amsterdams Lyceum', a high school in Amsterdam.

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