Chemicals and chemical products are an essential part of modern life, contributing much to economic and social prosperity. Think of industrial chemicals, nanoparticles, biocides and other chemicals used to protect crops. Innovation brings about new technological developments, whereupon new chemical and substances are introduced, or existing ones used in a different way or a different form.
transport, storage, use and disposal of chemicals can pose risks to
human health and ecosystems. There are various national and
international frameworks which establish policy, guidelines and
regulations designed to minimize those risks. Risk area schedules,
exposure assessments and norms are all important instruments, while
the registration of emissions, monitoring, modelling and
(eco)toxicological research increases our knowledge of the nature
and extent of potential risks.
RIVM develops and applies knowledge to promote an
innovative, safe and healthy society. We provide reliable
information about chemical substances and their attendant risks to
assist public sector authorities and the professional field in
their various tasks.
We report on environmental quality in the Netherlands, and
coordinate the registration of national emissions.
At the behest of national and international governments,
RIVM also identifies (new) risks whereupon timely
action can be taken to manage those risks.
We develop methods and models which will enhance the accuracy
of risk assessments, and we help to provide the necessary technical
and scientific evidence base to underpin policy on the handling of
hazardous substances. RIVM takes an active part in
various national and international consultation bodies in this
RIVM advises government authorities during the
development and implementation of policy. We are currently helping
to coordinate the Netherlands’ implementation of the new European
REACH legislation: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation &
Restriction of Chemicals.
In all these tasks, we work closely alongside experts from other
knowledge institutes at home and abroad.