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RIVM

National Institute of Public Health and the Environment
Netherlands
http://www.rivm.nl/en/
Ministry or Agency
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) conducts research into public health and environmental issues in the Netherlands.
It also operates as the Office for Environmental Assessment. RIVM conducts research commissioned by the ministries of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) and Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries (LNV).
Policymakers use RIVM research findings to develop, implement and enforce policy. RIVM not only conducts research itself, but also gathers data from all over the world, which it then interprets and applies.

The RIVM Act of 21 October 1996 formulates the tasks of the institute as follows:

  • to conduct research which is geared to supporting policy development, and to fulfil a supervisory function in matters relating to public health, the environment and nature;
  • to regularly report on the current status and future trends in public health, the environment and nature;
  • other research to be commissioned by ministers;
  • research commissioned by third parties which links into the above research activities and which serves the public interest.

RIVM is involved in periodic European-wide environmental outlooks and scientific underpinning of the European air policy within the framework of UN ECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe). Joint efforts are made with UNEP to realise regular global environmental outlooks.
RIVM supplies Dutch environmental data to the European Environmental Agency (EEA), and has been designated the EEA's Topic Centre for Air and Climate Change (ETC/ACC).

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