RIVM, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, works towards a healthy population living in a sustainable, safe and healthy environment. RIVM pursues those goals based on independent scientific research. Working with our commissioning clients, we identify the research that is needed and conduct studies accordingly. We provide advice to the government, to professionals and to members of the public, and share our knowledge. This is how RIVM supports society in staying healthy and keeping our environment healthy. Read more about the organization.
Independent knowledge institute
RIVM is an independent agency of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
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RIVM is a government agency that conducts research, advises, and implements tasks related to public health, safety, and the living environment for various ministries and international government entities. Its independent working method ensures implementation is scientifically justified, and its commissioned research builds new scientific knowledge and expertise.
Title: De Zorg Voor Morgen Begint Vandaag - Caring for tomorrow starts today
Societal challenges and changes in public health, safety and the living environment create an ongoing imperative for new government policies.
Sound scientific knowledge is needed to justify, evaluate and adjust these policies. RIVM has the expertise and capabilities to supply this new knowledge.
Text: The Dutch National Institute for Public Health.
This makes us an important government advisor. As an agency within the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, we research, identify, advise and implement a wide range of tasks connected with public health, safety and the living environment. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport both owns and is a commissioning client of RIVM.
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We also work for other ministries and numerous regional, national and international government entities. And we work with knowledge institutions in and outside the Netherlands. After a project application has been submitted, the project assigned and funding arranged, RIVM gets to work.
To be well-prepared for urgent future societal challenges and ready to supply the requisite knowledge, we have to build timely knowledge and expertise.
The decision of which issues we research is not up to us. RIVM's commissioning clients decide what we research, but not how. We decide how we do our work, ensuring implementation is independent and scientifically justified.
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Our independent working method is laid down in the RIVM Act. Our commissioned research builds new scientific knowledge and expertise. RIVM has a limited budget to pursue its own scientific research. For example, to design methods and models. These help prepare us for developments that may not be part of commissioned projects. By keeping up with the latest knowledge, we can continue being a trusted advisor on issues of public health, safety and the living environment.
Interested in what RIVM can do for you? Please contact us.
Logo of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
Text: Committed to health and sustainability.
Text: Want to know more? www.rivm.nl