Our clients submit concrete research questions, the answers to which will help them to develop appropriate policy.
In the Netherlands responsibility for various health tasks is organised at regional and local level. RIVM plays an important role in overseeing and coordinating these activities.
RIVM is responsible for several programmes which promote public health and focus on prevention (breast cancer screening, bowel cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, National Immunisation Programme (NIP).
RIVM informs professionals and the “general public” on health and environmental issues.
RIVM conducts research, most of it commissioned by the three core ministries (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Ministry of Economic Affairs). RIVM also has a Strategic Research Programme (SPR) for its own knowledge development and research.
RIVM has a joint responsibility in a number of national crisis
situations, such as an outbreak of an infectious disease, a food
safety incident or an environmental accident.