The Dutch Society for Radiation Protection (NVS) has awarded its Joh Aten Grant 2015 to Teun van Dillen of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) for his work on the SUDOQU methodology. This methodology can be used for calculating the radiation dose from exposure to ionising radiation from surface-contaminated objects used by workers and/or me...
The most recent measles epidemic and outbreak of Salmonella Thomson due to smoked salmon have cost 3.9 and 1.7 million euros, respectively. This is concluded in the RIVM report on the State of Infectious Diseases in the Netherlands 2014. The calculations were made to provide insight into the costs of infectious disease control, treatment and prevention.
Every year, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM provides an overview of surveillance and developments in the National Immunisation Programme (NIP). In 2014, the number of doses against the human papillomavirus (HPV) has been reduced from 3 to 2. The number of invasive pneumococcal diseases in vaccinated children has been further reduced as a...
Wednesday, 18 November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. On this day, attention throughout Europe is requested for the responsible use of antibiotics in people and animals. As a result of inappropriate and overuse use of antibiotics, increasingly more bacteria are becoming resistance to antibiotics.
On 26 October 2015, heel prick screening started for all newborns on St Eustatius and Saba. The screening is being coordinated by the Department of Public Health on St Eustatius in cooperation with the Queen Beatrix Medical Center, and the Department of on Saba, in cooperation with the Saba Health Care Foundation.
Maintaining the highest standard in food safety for the Netherlands and in international context is a core topic of concern of RIVM. We develop models to determine food safety and maintain relevant databases. In the field of microbial food safety we use Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA).
As a knowledge institute in a dynamic, changing environment, RIVM embraces innovation. For example, our institute is part of an international think tank on an innovative, global development of a new DNA research technique. Our strength lies in multidisciplinary collaboration.