For more than 100 years, RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment has been promoting public health and safeguarding a healthy and safe environment. We have a central role in infectious disease control, national prevention and population screening programmes and monitoring our population’s health and the state of our environment. We support citizens, professionals and national and local authorities in the challenge of keeping ourselves and our environment healthy, safe and sustainable. Our ambition is to be a trusted advisor using independent research as the basis for our advisory work. Below we present some of the global challenges we work on and elaborate on our tasks and international activities. 

Highlighted themes

Healthy living environment

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Healthy living environment

Food and Nutrition

Safe, healthy and sustainable food

Antibiotic resistance


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Population screening programmes

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Population Screening programmes

Circular economy

Circular Economy

Immunisation and vaccination

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Immunisation and vaccination

COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands

RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment advises the Dutch government on how to control the outbreak as effectively as possible, monitors the COVID-19 outbreak and conducts research into SARS-CoV-2. RIVM is coordinating the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccinations in the Netherlands.  

We provide weekly updates and data on COVID-19 in the Netherlands.  In addition to our general COVID-19 weekly epidemiological update, we also publish a COVID-19 weekly update for the CAS and BES islands: the islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten and the special municipalities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. 

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Read our international newsletter issue 1, 2021.

What we do

International collaboration

International collaboration

National tasks and activities


National tasks and activities

International projects and networks

International projects and networks


One in ten tests positive

In the past week, from 14 to 20 April, the reported number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 increased by 5.3%, rising to 53,981 newly reported infections.

04/20/2021 - 15:07
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