Our clients submit concrete research questions, the answers to which will help them to develop appropriate policy.RIVM is nevertheless entirely independent and impartial. Clients have no say in the research methods to be used, and neither are they able to influence the results in any way.

Our independence is guaranteed by statute: the so-called RIVM Act (21 October 1996). 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.