To fulfil its responsibilities at national level, RIVM must have access to fully reliable and current information. We therefore adopt a broad international perspective and have developed an extensive network. Many of the challenges in public health and environmental management demand an international approach. International cooperation, whereby various partners combine their strengths, is both effective and efficient. RIVM is recognised as a leading international authority in many areas. There is considerable demand for our expertise from other parts of the world.
RIVM develops and exploits its international knowledge base in various ways:
RIVM's national tasks are performed within certain international frameworks which have been created by the Netherlands' membership of the European Union and its adoption of various international agreements. As a knowledge institute, RIVM offers its clients specific advice on matters within the organization's sphere of expertise. It also represents the Netherlands in various international networks.
Examples of the processes in which RIVM is or has been involved include:
RIVM's international work has many aspects. RIVM works a great deal with and for the European Commission, including the JRC (Joint Research Centre). We also carry out work for European Agencies, such as the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) and the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control). RIVM also plays a leading role in the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM). More information on our international collaboration webpage.