The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) performs tasks to promote both public health, and a healthy and safe living environment. The principal task of RIVM is to conduct research and collect knowledge worldwide. Results are used to support the Dutch government in formulating its policy. RIVM's tasks: |- research |- policy support |- national coordination |- intervention programmes |- provision of information to professionals and the general public. |RIVM is responsible for providing impartial and reliable information to members of the public and professionals who work in the fields of health care, infectious diseases, medicines, the environment, and nutrition and safety. Our objective is to make optimum use of scientific knowledge and expertise, and then make this knowledge and expertise accessible.
Volgens de Wet op het RIVM is het instituut wetenschappelijk onafhankelijk. Ministers kunnen geen aanwijzingen geven over de wijze waarop onderzoek wordt uitgevoerd of gerapporteerd.