The Hague is the political capital of the Netherlands. Parliament, the Ministry of Health, national health-related advisory bodies and health related associations are all located in The Hague. The Hague is the city where public policy is formulated. Being the International City of Peace, Justice and Security, The Hague also hosts many international institutions and NGOs. The Hague is an important international hub for cyber security centred around the The Hague Security Delta, and presents an excellent pool of potential partners for solutions in the field of e.g. data security and Big Data.

A selection of life science & health related organisations based in The Hague


The Dutch Ministry of Health was actively involved in promoting The Netherlands as the new home base for EMA. It is host to EMA on behalf of the Dutch government. Together with the City of Amsterdam, the ministry operates a central helpdesk at the current EMA premises in London that will support EMA staff with their move to the Netherlands.

EMA-The-Hague-RVSThe Council for Health and Society (Raad voor Volksgezondheid en Samenleving, RVS) is an independent advisory body to the government, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) and the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). The RVS provides strategic advice on how policy could be formulated in matters where the health and functioning of citizens in society is affected.


The Association of Innovative Medicine, the Dutch industry association for innovative pharmaceutical companies. Its work is aimed at creating the best possible conditions for developers and manufacturers of pharmaceutical products. Their 43 members include subsidiaries of international pharmaceutical companies.


HollandBio is the Dutch industry association for biotech companies. It represents over 150 biotech companies, both SME and large enterprises. Its members are active in red, green and white biotech research and biotech services. The main goal of the association is to create the optimal conditions for innovative research and the growth of biotech companies.

EMA-the-hague-boginBogin is the Dutch industry association for companies that produce biosimilar and generic medicines and is a member of Medicines for Europe, the European association for biosimilar and generic medicines. Amongst Bogin’s members are Apotex, Aurobindo, Centrafarm, Disphar International, Mylan, PharmaMatch BV, Sandoz and TEVA Pharmachemie.


The Hague, international City of Peace, Justice & Security

The Hague is currently home to over 200 international organisations, mostly active in the field of peace and justice. European institutions like Europol and Eurojust are headquartered in The Hague. As a result the city has a tradition of ensuring a good working and living environment for international organisations and their staff. Due to The Hague’s large international community, with over 50,000 people, the required expatriate infrastructure is well-developed.

These international organisations can support your operations


The European Patent Office (EPO) has a large location near The Hague, in Rijswijk. The EPO examine patent applications and decides whether to grant a patent for an invention. The EPO has 38 member states. In 2016, the EPO received a total of 5744 patent applications in the field of biotechnology and a total of 5754 pharmaceutical applications. In both fields the US was the largest applicant of patents followed by Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan and the Netherlands.


The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has its global headquarters in The Hague. FIP was founded in 1912 and is the global body representing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Through its 139 national organizations, academic institutional members and individual members, FIP represent over three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.


The Hague Security Delta (HSD) Campus is the national innovation center of the Dutch security cluster. Businesses, government and knowledge institutes from across the country collaborate to harvest knowledge and develop products & services that contribute to a safer and more secure world. Important topics, especially for Life Science & Health industry that are actively addressed are the open access principle, data stewardship (FAIR principle), the European Science Cloud and security and privacy of data

Life Science & Health Companies in The Hague