The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Dutch: Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu), is a Dutch research institute that is an independent agency of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
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:
- policy support
- national coordination
- intervention programmes
- provision of reliable information to the general public and to professionals working in health care about infectious diseases, the environment, nutrition and safety.