RIVM is a recognised knowledge institute in the field of public health, nutrition, safety and the environment. We conduct research and have a number of practical tasks which are intended to promote public health and ensure a clean and safe environment. Risk assessment and risk management are key concepts underpinning RIVM’s activities, with a focus on human health, safety and the quality of ecosystems. A further key concept is the integration of knowledge.

Policy support

Our clients submit concrete research questions, the answers to which will help them to develop the appropriate policy

National coordination

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

Prevention and intervention programmes

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). 

Provision of information to professionals and the general public

RIVM informs professionals and the “general public” on health and environmental issues.

Knowledge development and research

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. 

Crisis management and response

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.

RIVM Committed to health and sustainability