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:
provision of reliable information to the general public and to professionals working in health care, infectious diseases, the environment, nutrition and safety.
RIVM is located in Bilthoven and employs over 1400 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 organization with many different international links and a range of activities.
In addition to the usual administrative sections (facilities management, finance, human resources, and communications), RIVM has four major technical divisions and/or centres each of which has a number of subsidiary divisions, centres and/or... Read More