Toxicowatch Foundation is an organization dedicated to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology and raising awareness of toxic hazards.

Toxicowatch research Persistent Organic Pollutants, like dioxins, PCBs, and brominated/fluorinated compounds in waste, flue gas, and biomarkers. Source tracking of POPs in the environment and advising on a regional and national level between government and industry.

On this website one can find information about the foundation, its mission and mainly the researched pollutants and their effects to our environment


About the ToxicoWatch Foundation


The ToxicoWatch foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology and raising awareness of toxic hazards.



Knowledge is power; to measure is to know.

Toxicowatch assists public concern on topics related to dioxins (POPs), hormone disruptors (EDCs), and other environmental pollutants. Toxicowatch raises public awareness on topics of toxic hazards, health, environment, food, and lifestyle products.

Toxicowatch wants to catalyze the transition towards sustainable development, defined as the enhancement of peace, social justice, and well-being, within and across generations.



Current work 
  • Analyses of Persistent Environmental Pollutants (POPs) and Endocrine Disturbing Compounds (EDCs) in Harlingen, the Netherlands, and in the world.

  • Bringing awareness of toxic hazards to the people, industry, and government in order to enhance safety and well-being now and in the future.

  • International scientific cooperation on confining the use of environmental pollutants

Guiding values and strategic priorities:
  • Independent Organization: The Toxicowatch foundation is a scientific society dedicated to contributing to the society while maintaining its integrity by staying independent from commercial businesses and the government

  • Increase Scientific Impact: Toxicowatch serves the needs of the scientific discipline of Toxicology, with respect to the health of human and animal life and the environment and in determining the risks of chemical substances

  • Enhance member engagement

  • Promote recognition of toxicology

  • Build for the future of toxicology and work towards accelerating the global implementation of advanced toxicology into chemical risk assessment.

Financial status


The ToxicoWatch foundation is ANBI accredited (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling). This status is most beneficial for legal charges considering donations and gifts.



Download here the annual report

on financial data for the year 2020:



ToxicoWatch is an independent foundation and hence does not rely on any governmental or commercial organizations. All the work done by the foundation is made possible by private donations and crowdfunding resources.


Staff Members Toxicowatch Foundation

MSc Abel Arkenbout

CEO / Research

​Founder and CEO of Toxicowatch Foundation since 2008, consulting and advising topics concerning Persistant Organic Pollutants (POP's). Member of international scientific network/conferences; presentations about research, sampling and monitoring of dioxins. From 1994 till 2007 working for the Ministry of Health of the Netherlands for advising on Drugs & Research. In the eighties making movies about toxicological topics for the company Zebra Audiovisual Productions (Founder/Owner). Studied Toxicology, (immumology) at University of Utrecht/Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, the Netherlands, Biology subfaculty, conducted by Prof.dr. Herman van Genderen. Contact:

Gert Jan Vossnack


Vossnack comes from a family of naval architects. Now founder, owner and managing director of International company Trilobes specialized in liquid foods. Trilobes focuses on the future and sustainability of production of fruit juices. "Trilobes makes oranges greener."


Kirsten Bouman

Treasurer of the Foundation

Expertise: Dendrology, Botanist, team member courses Biodiversity Animal, Biology - University of Leiden (Faculty of Science),

support TW research, all-around office management ToxicoWatch.




Marco Tadema

General member

Technical designer and manufacturer playground equipment, paint spraying, park benches and fitness equipment. Interested in communication between people, groups and human wellbeing. "I want to know the issues primarily affect the health of the population, physically and spiritually. Everything is linked together and cannot be separated from each other." Contact:

Eli-zabeth de Vries

General member

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but we borrow it from our childeren"  -  Native American Poem 


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Advisory board members


International POPs Elimination Network

NGO ToxicoWatch particpate the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) to work together tor a Toxics-Free Future. IPEN is a global network of NGOs dedicated to the common aim of eliminating Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Professor Kim H. Esbensen

KHE Consulting, Adjunct Professor Aalborg University, Denmark; Adjunct Professor Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

Professor Kim H. Esbensen is research professor (Geoscience Data Analysis and Sampling) at GEUS (National Geological Surveys of Denmark and Greenland), external chemometrics professor with the ACABS research group, Aalborg University, Denmark and external professor (Process Analytical Technologies) at Telemark Institute of Technology, Norway. He was professor extraordinaire at Stellenbosch University (Institute of Wine Biotechnology) in the period 2005–2010 and presently Professeur associé, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (2013–2016). He holds an honorary Doctorate at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in 2005. In 2009 he was inducted into the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV). Since 2001 he has devoted most of his scientific and R&D to the theme of representative sampling of heterogeneous systems and PAT, respectively.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

​Prof. Dr. Janna G. Koppe

Em. Prof. of Neonatology, EKZ-AMC-University of Amsterdam, UvA

Prof. dr. Janna Koppe, emeritus professor of neonatology, has deepened her career as a pediatrician and researcher into the effects of pollutants on pregnancy and the unborn child. She regularly gives advice to researchers and activists who want to know more about the risks of substances of concern to the pregnancy and the unborn child. She publish many scientific articles. One of these is "Perinatal dioxin exposure in the Netherlands: Amsterdam-Zaandam cohort, a 15 year follow-up".

Dr. Kees Olie

Associate Professor Environmental Chemistry, University of Amsterdam, UvA

He discovered with Otto Hutzinger the formation of PCDD/F, dioxins and furans in the fly ash of an incinerator. It was the start of extended dioxin researches and symposia like the Dioxin20XX. Kees Olie published on dioxins formed during municipal waste incineration and emissions thereof into the environment. Published many scientific articles. In 2010 co-author of "Influence of perinatal and current dioxin exposure on the regulation of energy metabolism in humans".

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ToxicoWatch participates

the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) to work together for a Toxics-Free Future. 

IPEN is a global network of NGOs dedicated to the common aim of eliminating Persistent Organic Pollutants.