For over one hundred years, RIVM has been applying its knowledge for the benefit of society. That knowledge represents various disciplines, all of which combine to serve the interests of public health and the environment.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact. STIs are common in the Netherlands. Many STIs do not have symptoms, but if left untreated STIs can have serious health consequences.
In 2007 the Dutch Centre for Infectious Disease Control (CIDC) took the initiative to set up a national sentinel surveillance network for infectious diseases in nursing homes (SNIV).
Climate change, soil pollution and the shortage of natural resources create challenges in meeting high standards for soil and water systems management. Dutch subsoil is even more intensely used. To keep ahead of these challenges RIVM supports authorities in making regulations for integral and future use.
On this website you will find information on the Statistical Program to Assess Dietary Exposure (SPADE) which is developed by RIVM. With this program the habitual intake distribution for daily and episodically consumed foods or dietary components can be estimated based on intake measured on a limited number of days.
Storybuilder can help in accident investigation by entering accident paths into a graphically enhanced database analysis of the accident paths provides information about the direct and root causes of accidents.
In 2015, all 193 member states of the United Nations ratified seventeen sustainable development goals for the world. These goals aim to end poverty, combat inequality and protect our planet’s climate by 2030. The UN calls on everyone to do their part in achieving the goals: governments, individual citizens, and the private sector. RIVM is contributing to the majority of the global goals, but particularly to the eight highlighted below. We play our part in many different ways: ranging from carrying out independent scientific research to supporting Healthy Schools and Healthy Neighbourhood initiatives, or managing the National Immunisation Programme. Committed as we are to health and health services for world citizens, our activities contribute to generating knowledge and integrating that knowledge in the areas of public health, the human environment, and the natural environment. This places us at the heart of a sustainable society, in the Netherlands and throughout the world.
Synthetic biology is a technoscientific development whereby technical design principles are applied at a molecular biology level. These techniques are now developing very fast, are being widely applied and are expected to have a huge economic impact. With its knowledge of health and the environment, RIVM is also playing its part in the responsible development of synthetic biology.