For more than 100 years, RIVM 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

Climate change and health

Climate change and Health

Food and Nutrition

Safe, healthy and sustainable food

Antibiotic resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Population screening programmes
mensen in park

Population Screening programmes

Circular economy

Circular Economy

Immunisation and vaccination
mensen wandelend in de duinen

Immunisation and vaccination

What we do

International collaboration

International collaboration

National tasks and activities

National tasks and activities

International projects and networks

International projects and networks

COVID-19 in the Netherlands

RIVM advises the Dutch government on how to control the coronavirus 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.  Our institute is responsible for coordinating the storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the Netherlands (including the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba, Curaçao and St Maarten).

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. A newsletter for professionals involved in the COVID-19 vaccination is published regularly on our website.

Would you like to be kept informed on our work and activities? Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter. Read our international newsletter issue 3, 2022.

Information for refugees from Ukraine

RIVM has developed a dedicated website for Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands. This portal serves as a first point of access to our information about screening programmes, tuberculosis, vaccinations and more. The information is available in English, Ukrainian and Russian.


Reducing greenhouse gas emissions via procurement partnerships

By optimising collaboration when purchasing products and services, the government can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This was the conclusion of a study by the National Institute for Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) into so-called 'buyer groups'.

11/17/2022 - 09:45

Almost a third of the cyclists in the Netherlands use electric bikes

Almost a third (30%) of the Dutch cyclists aged 12 and over use electric bikes. The use of e-bikes is most common among elderly cyclists (those aged 65 and over): more than half of them only ride an e-bike. This is according to a RIVM survey of nearly 7,000 people. A vast majority of respondents (70%) said they opted for an e-bike ‘to cycle with less effort’.

11/15/2022 - 07:00
More news