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About RIVM

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:


RIVM Crises and emergencies

RIVM has a directive role in case of an outbreak of an ​​infectious disease and an advisory role in case of a crises or emergency. RIVM is responsible for providing accurate information to national and local government with the aim of limiting the consequences to human health and the environment.

RIVM Zoonoses

Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases spread between animals and humans. RIVM short film on Zoonoses describes how people can get zoonotic diseases and RIVM role in the control of communicable infectious diseases.

RIVM Air quality

Air pollution is hazardous to health and the environment. It is important to limit the levels of air pollutants. RIVM monitors the amount of these substances in the air, researches effects of air pollution on health and environment and delivers information to government authorities as basis for their policy decisions.



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