Construction and demolition waste are being recycled on a large scale to use as a foundation for e.g. roads, but recycled building materials are hardly ever used in the construction of buildings. Together with the government, the construction sector wishes to develop a vision on the high-quality use and reuse of materials in a circular economy. They also want the demolition of ...
The European Commission, Member States and EFSA have taken a major step forward in their work on assessing the cumulative risks from exposure to pesticides in food. A scalable version of the Monte Carlo Risk Assessment (MCRA) software tool has been developed for carrying out exposure assessments of multiple pesticides.
Both regulators and manufacturers need to evaluate and manage consumer health risks that may be posed by the use of nanomaterials in cosmetics. RIVM has found that it is feasible to develop an electronic tool (program) that allows an estimation of the risk of the use of nanomaterials in cosmetics. The outcome of the risk assessment is important as it indicates whether measures ...
RIVM proposes the consideration of a broader environmental perspective in the trade-off between incineration or recycling of plastics. Plastics with dangerous substances in them are now mostly incinerated. In many cases these plastics can be recycled or re-used in such a manner that humans and the environment are not exposed to these dangerous substances.
An international network of researchers has set new priorities for science and society in the area of ecosystems and their influence on social well-being. This prioritisation was published on the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. RIVM provided an important contribution on behalf of the Netherlands.
RIVM keeps track of the current state of affairs with regard to antibiotic 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.
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).