The RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Centre for Infectious Disease Control is responsible for surveillance of infectious diseases, preparedness and response, and supervision of the National Immunisation Programme. There are three specialised laboratories in perinatal screening and diagnostics, immunology and vaccinology, and zoonoses and environmental microbiology.
As the Dutch Coordinating Competent Body, RIVM coordinates nationwide interaction with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. RIVM also hosts eight WHO Collaborating Centres, for example WHO Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Epidemiology and Surveillance, WHO Collaborating Centre for Risk Assessment of Pathogens in Food and Water, and WHO Collaborating Centre for Smallpox Vaccine.
RIVM is dedicated to evidence-based public health policy. Driven by public health challenges, we collect data and carry out research in close collaboration with universities and research centres worldwide. Our priorities for international collaboration on infectious disease are vaccine preventable diseases, preparedness and response to emergencies, antimicrobial resistance, mathematical modelling, and molecular epidemiology.
Five specialised centres
Director: Prof. Jaap van Dissel, PhD