The number of people who were tested for a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) at a Dutch STI clinic has dropped for the first time in years. The percentage of people diagnosed with an STI increased to 17.2 per cent. Chlamydia continues to be the most prevalent STI. This emerges from the RIVM report ‘Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Netherlands in 2015’.
Knowledge development in China is valuable for addressing environmental issues in Europe, and vice versa. Therefore, RIVM and the Chinese National Marine Environment Monitoring Center (NMEMC) are exploring possibilities for knowledge exchange and collaboration. During a visit of a delegation of NMEMC, the parties have explored possibilities for collaboration. RIVM looks forward...
For medical devices such as breast implants, manufacturers are obliged to compile a ‘technical file’ based on which market authorization of the product will be decided. Files of 10 manufacturers placing breast implants on the Dutch market show clear shortcomings. Laboratory analyses of the actual implants showed no deviations that could cause health damage.
In our annual report, we look back at compelling RIVM projects and research in 2015. For instance the safety of injection needles, natural radiation in dwellings, the influenza epidemic of 2014/2015 and the introduction of the heel prick in the Dutch Caribbean.
International air policy has shown good results in Europe: in the past 35 years the air has become cleaner. Nevertheless air pollution is still an important cause of premature death. Cleaner vehicles and industrial installations were the main reason for emission reductions. The contribution from agricultural sources became more important. These are the some findings of the repo...
The Zika virus is spread by the yellow fever or dengue mosquito (aedes aegypti). Although the disease (Zika fever) is usually fairly mild, there are increasingly more indications that an infection during pregnancy can harm the unborn child.
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).