Consequently, we have many different international roles. We are active advisors in committees and expert groups, participate in project consortia, work on the basis of bilateral agreements or coordinate knowledge development and policy support in joint European programmes. In some cases, we act as a Reference Laboratory. Through the Partnership Programme between the Netherlands and the World Health Organization (WHO), we host 9 of the 17 WHO Collaborating Centres.
Our international ambition allows room for making smart choices in our international commitments, depending on the nature of our national tasks. To ensure that our international work and national tasks and activities are aligned as good as possible, we have close contact with our most important commissioning ministries about individual opportunities, contacts, incoming and outgoing missions and overall ambition.