International collaboration is vital for RIVM. It enables us to keep abreast of the latest global research and innovative developments. It enhances and strengthens our knowledge base and, as a result, improves the quality of our research and policy advice. RIVM shares knowledge and expertise abroad. We participate in a wide range of international research and innovation projects to help solve some of the biggest societal challenges, for instance, climate change.

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
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Population Screening programmes

Circular economy

Circular Economy

Immunisation and vaccination
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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. 

Would you like to be kept informed on our work and activities? Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter. Read our international newsletter issue 4, 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.


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