RIVM, The Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) is a governmental research and knowledge institute providing policy support to the Dutch government. In 2011 RIVM employed approximately 1600 persons. RIVM performs tasks to promote both public health, and a healthy and safe living environment. The main tasks of RIVM are: 1) to conduct research; 2) to provide policy support; 3) to perform national coordination; 4) to coordinate intervention programs; 5) to provide information to professionals and the general public. Experts participate in various international networks and are members of many international scientific committees and expert’s panels of the EU. RIVM also carries out activities for other international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and OECD. Moreover, RIVM transfers knowledge specifically aimed at capacity and institution building in for instance pre-accession countries and developing countries.
Main theme of Activity
RIVM’s commissioning bodies consist of ministries (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation) and various public services such as the inspectorates. RIVM is a recognized centre of expertise in the fields of health, infectious diseases, nutrition and food safety and environment and safety.
Important research realizations
RIVM’s top research comprises 1) Public health status and forecast research; 1) Infectious diseases and epidemiology on influenza, zoonosis, polio and tuberculosis: 3) Risks of nanotechnology; 4) Assessments of toxicity and development of new technologies; 5) Integrated risk assessment; 6) Development of new tools to compare health threats; 7) Nutrition and health; 8) Environment and health; 9) integral assessment of air quality.
RIVM experts publish around 800 scientific publications and reports per year. RIVM has a proven track record regarding the execution of EU funded projects. Currently RIVM participates in 45 FP7 projects. Our researchers are members of more than 200 international experts’ committees of the EU, WHO, OECD and other international organizations and provide scientist advice for policy development. RIVM regularly performs research and provides advice to EU agencies such as EFSA, EEA, ECDC and EMA



Dr Mark W. J. van Passel, PhD                                                                                                    Dr Saskia Rutjes, PhD
Work Package Leader                                                                                                                   Non-key expert Biosafety and Biosecurity