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Cooperation with WHO

RIVM has strong links with Dutch society. Our  research and  projects cover a wide range of topics in the field of health and the environment that affect many people.

Contact with society is essential to do our work properly. We connect through both traditional means of communications and with the aid of new media. In 2012, RIVM extended its social media contacts substantially. Our Twitter account had nearly eight thousand followers by the end of the year. We also have various LinkedIn groups and Facebook pages.

In the news

Because of our wide range of activities and research, RIVM is often in the news. The main news item in 2012 was the outbreak of food poisoning due to salmonella in smoked salmon. Other topics that attracted media attention included fine particulate matter in the atmosphere, the flu shot and the court case RIVM brought against Hans van der Linde (a doctor who had made public statements criticizing RIVM’s policy on this matter), tobacco, Q fever, obesity, viruses, bacteria and vaccinations. Some topics, such as RIVM’s daily UV index measurements, get a lot more attention in the social media than in printed media.


Our website rivm.nl welcomed 3.6 million visitors in 2012. The National Health Compass (a subsite with evidence-based health information) and the webpages on infectious diseases attracted most visits, followed by the subsites National Health Atlas (with health information presented on a geographical basis) and Loketgezondleven.nl (Dutch portal for health promotion and prevention with tips about how to improve your health and healthy lifestyles).