RIVM has 44 fields of expertise in which we develop knowledge. These fields are the topics on which we want to have sufficient expertise in order to answer questions raised in society. The fields of expertise combine knowledge from various professional disciplines and societal issues. Together they form the broad basis of RIVM's knowledge and expertise to promote and safeguard public health and the living environment.

Infectious diseases and Vaccinology

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  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Coördination and registration of prevention programmes
  • Crisis control for infectious diseases
  • Effectiveness of immune response
  • Gastrointestinal infections, food and environmentally transmittable diseases
  • Infectious diseases dynamics and bioinformatics
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Respiratory infections
  • Development of protocols for infectious diseases
  • National Immunisation Programmes
  • STD control and sexual health
  • Surveillance of infectious diseases
  • Vaccine supply
  • Rare disease diagnostics
  • Zoonosis

Environment and Safety

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  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Noise and perceived nuisance
  • Healthy and sustainable agriculture
  • Healthy human environment
  • Air quality and climate
  • Environment and radiation response
  • National security
  • Safety in the environment
  • Radiation protection
  • Safe, healthy working conditions
  • Safe and sustainable approach to chemical substances
  • Safe and sustainable approach to new technology and products
  • Water quality and drinking water

Public Health and Health Services

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  • Alternatives to animal testing
  • Chronic diseases
  • Medicines, safety and usage
  • Healthy and sustainable food
  • Health in the community
  • Health promotion
  • Health economy
  • Health monitoring
  • Health foresight studies
  • National population screenings
  • Medical technology
  • Tobacco and drugs
  • Food safety
  • Disease mechanisms
  • Healthcare research