RIVM proposes that the water quality standard for the insecticide imidacloprid be reduced by a factor of eight. New research has shown that the harmful effects of imidacloprid on aquatic organisms occur at lower concentrations than expected.
At the request of State Secretary Martin van Rijn (VWS, the Dutch Ministry of Health), RIVM is carrying out an investigation into the safety of e-cigarettes. This concerns an investigation into the harmful substances in the e-liquids and the vapour from e-cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes is also being investigated. Based on this information, RIVM is assessing the risks of...
Today, April 8th, RIVM welcomes education professionals for the annual GLOBE day. Brand new ambassador of GLOBE in The Netherlands and Director-General of RIVM, André van der Zande will perform the opening ceremony.
Today is World Health Day, which focuses on diseases that are passed on by creatures such as mosquitoes and ticks. These include malaria, dengue fever and Lyme disease. In the tropics in particular, these diseases involve many cases of illness and death, which is why the general advice to travellers is to take the correct precautions against mosquitoes. The best-known disease p...
This week, a delegation of RIVM gave a training course in Brazil about policy relevant to soil. We shared experiences with Brazilian associates and explained innovations in Dutch policies pertaining to soil. The course was concluded on Wednesday with a closing conference that was opened by State Secretary Mansveld of Infrastructure and the Environment.
RIVM keeps track of the current state of affairs with regard to antimicrobial resistance in the Netherlands and advises the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. We have an important role in finding out how often people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
As a knowledge institute in a dynamic, changing environment, RIVM embraces innovation. We participate in international innovative projects, for example the Global Microbial Identifier (GMI) think tank. RIVM is studying how to deploy the new DNA/RNA analysis technique for the benefit of public health. Read all about it in the article: ‘New future for DNA analysis Next Generation Sequencing’.