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About us

ToxicoWatch (TW) research uses a broad scale of sampling material, like backyard chicken eggs, vegetation (pine needles, tree leaves, mosses), fruit & vegetables, human mother milk, water, soil, and sediments as biomarkers. ToxicoWatch is an independent organization, with the basic scientific rules of sampling, analyzing, and reporting. Besides chemical analyses, innovative bioassays are applied to determine an increasing number of toxic substances in our environment. 


Dioxin emissions of waste incineration are followed in TW-Research of studies on minute data with semi-continuous measurements to understand the impact of “Other Than Normal Operation Conditions”, better known as OTNOC, in waste incineration. 


TW-PFAS research was started already in 2015 concerning PFAS emissions of the flue gasses of waste incineration. The problem is the incomplete combustion of waste mostly containing packaging materials full of PFAS. 


ToxicoWatch has participated in governmental working groups in The Netherlands, together with the management of the waste incinerator, governmental enforcement, and Dutch national health organizations. ToxicoWatch has joint also technical working groups of the Basel-Stockholm Convention, for improvements of incineration technology. A bridge function between industry, government, and the population.


ToxicoWatch aims to bring public awareness of toxic contamination in our environment. 


Staff members ToxicoWatch Foundation

Abel Arkenbout

Abel Arkenbout

Toxicologist MSc

 CEO ToxicoWatch

Head of Research

Kirsten Bouman

Kirsten J.A.M. Bouman




gert-jan Vossnack

Gert Jan Vossnack


Advisory board members

KH Esbensen

Kim H. Esbensen

Adjunct Professor 

Aalborg University

 Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Janna Koppe

Janna Koppe

Em. Prof. of Neonatology

University of Amsterdam, UvA

Kees Olie

Kees Olie

Associate professor University of Amsterdam UvA

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About us



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 in a toxic-free future.



Current work 
  • Analyses of dioxins (PCDD/F)

  • PFAS, PAH 

  • Endocrine Disturbing Compounds (EDCs) 

  • Emission waste incinerators

  • Biomonitoring 

  • Microbiological 

Guiding values
  • Bridge between people, science, and government   

  • Increase Scientific Impact

  • Respect to human, animal life and environment 

  • Enhance member engagement

  • Promote recognition of toxicology

  • Build for the future of toxicology

  • Implementation of advanced toxicology into chemical risk assessment.

Financial status


The ToxicoWatch Foundation is Public Benefit Organisations and benefits from the legal taxes associated with donations and gifts.



The Toxicowatch foundation is an organization dedicated to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology.

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Contact Us:


Grote Ossenmarkt 13,

8861 CN Harlingen,

The Netherlands


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