Mission and strategy

RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) has been promoting public health and safeguarding environmental quality in the Netherlands for over 100 years.

It all began in 1909 with a small group of researchers fighting cholera and other life-threatening diseases. RIVM has expanded to become a knowledge institute at the centre of Dutch society, advising on health and environment. In our role as trusted advisor, we provide government with impartial advice on infectious diseases, vaccination, population screening, life style, nutrition, pharmaceuticals, environment, sustainability and safety. We carry out studies, provide advice and recommendations, and direct and implement prevention and control responses. 

Our work is primarily commissioned by Dutch ministries and inspectorates and projects are also undertaken within international frameworks, such as the European Union and United Nations. We have many national and international partners, and are continuing to build new networks in multidisciplinary cooperation. 

Cooperation with other organisations enables us to combine strengths and to develop new knowledge and expertise.  We are committed to supporting government and society in improving health and the environment. Now and in the future. 

RIVM. Committed to health and sustainability 

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