RIVM aims to be an honest and reliable partner for government bodies and other organisations involved in public health and the environment.

We maintain our impartial position by independently determining the most effective research methods and by making our research results available publically in reports and on our website. Our independent position is set down in RIVM statutes.

Scientific Advisory Board

The scientific quality of our work is monitored by the Scientific Advisory Board, which includes a number of well-respected scientists. In consultation with the RIVM Director-General, the Board carries out scientific audits to assess our research against objective criteria thus ensuring our accountability. The Board ensures any criticism from within or outside the RIVM is dealt with correctly. The Board is also closely involved in assessing our strategic research activities.