National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Dutch: Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu or simply RIVM), is a Dutch research institute that is an independent agency of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
|Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu|
Coat of arms of the Netherlands
|Jurisdiction||Kingdom of the Netherlands|
|Headquarters||Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, Bilthoven|
|Parent department||Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Netherlands)|
RIVM performs tasks to promote public health and a safe living environment by conducting research and collecting knowledge worldwide. The results are used to support the Dutch government in formulating its policy. RIVM's primary tasks are:
- policy support
- national coordination
- intervention programmes
- provision of reliable information to the general public and to professionals working in health care about infectious diseases, the environment, nutrition and safety.
RIVM is located in Bilthoven and employs over 1500 people, many of whom work in multidisciplinary fields.
RIVM was founded in 1910 when the Central Laboratory for Public Health was created and the present size of the institute is the result of a merger between three government institutes in 1984. RIVM has now become a large, complex organisation with many different international links and a range of activities.
The RIVM organisation consists of three domains with specific knowledge and expertise: Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology (Centre for Infectious Disease Control), Environment and Safety (including environmental incident service), Public Health and Health Services (including food and food safety).