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For more than 100 years, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has been protecting and promoting public health and the quality of the living environment. We started off in 1909 with a small group of researchers who were fighting cholera and other serious diseases. Their main aim was to save lives.

Since then, we have developed into a centre of expertise that stands at the heart of Dutch society. We provide the government with impartial advice on issues related to health and the environment such as infectious diseases, vaccination, screening programmes, lifestyles, medication, the environment, sustainability and safety. Our activities cover research, consultancy and project management or execution.
In this 2012 annual report we look back on a number of noteworthy, innovative and interesting topics and events related to these issues, such as studies of obesity and salt consumption, the salmonella outbreak caused by smoked salmon and the 50th anniversary of the laboratory for radiation research.

Also in this report, you will find information about the steps we have taken in 2012, to properly prepare our institute for the future. Society is changing, and we need to adapt. RIVM will continue to support the authorities and the public and strive together for a healthy population in a healthy living environment. Now and in the future.

Prof.dr. André van der Zande