The Collaborating Centre supports the WHO with the Global Environment Monitoring System and the Food Contamination Monitoring and Assessment Programme.

In the GEMS/Food programme, chemical concentrations in food and food consumption data are collected. This data is subsequently used to inform governments, organisations and Codex Committees about levels and trends of chemicals in food, their contribution to total human exposure, and their relevance for public health and trade. Furthermore, RIVM supports the WHO by developing new methodologies for risk assessment and by improving those that are currently used.

WHO Collaborating Centre on Chemical Food Safety was re-designated to RIVM  in May 2023 for a period of four years.


The coordinator of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Chemical Food Safety is Polly Boon. RIVM staff involved in the WHO Collaborating Centre work in the RIVM department Chemical Food Safety, which is part of the RIVM Centre Prevention, Lifestyle and Health.

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