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How can we keep ourselves and our environment healthy? That is the challenge facing government authorities at all levels, from the local to the international. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) carries out independent research and provides policy advice to assist them in this task.
RIVM works to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases. We promote public health and consumer safety, and we help to protect the quality of the environment. RIVM collects and collates knowledge and information from various sources, both national and international. We apply this knowledge ourselves, and we place it at the disposal of policy-makers, researchers, regulatory authorities and the general public. Each year, RIVM produces numerous reports on all aspects of public health, nutrition and diet, health care, disaster management, nature and the environment.
RIVM has a total of approximately 1,500 staff. Our main commissioning clients are: