The depletion of oil reserves, climate change and dependency on politically unstable regions are all drivers for seeking alternatives to fossil based resources. In a bio-based economy, renewable resources come from nature. This includes plants such as algae, crop residues, as well as slaughterhouse waste and other types of biomass. This biomass can be converted for applications in the chemical industry by biorefining or used for bioenergy production, such as biogas. RIVM is studying how bio-based economy can contribute to a cleaner and safer environment and an improved public health.
More stringent European standards for safe exposure of workers and consumers to bisphenol A (BPA) were proposed in 2014 and 2015. RIVM has concluded that new insights sufficiently warrant consideration of even more stringent standards and has recommended taking supplementary measures in the near future for a further reduction of BPA exposure.
On May 25, 2011, the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) decided to implement a national population screening programme for bowel cancer. This decision was based on a recommendation given by the Health Council of the Netherlands (GR) and on data from a feasibility study carried out by the Centre for Population Screening (CvB) at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
The National Breast Cancer Screening Programme is designed for women between 50 and 75 years of age. Once every 2 years, women in this age group are invited for a mammogram.