Services and institutions

Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG)

The Medicines Evaluation Board (College ter Beoordeling van Geneesmiddelen or CBG) is an independent board that makes decisions about what medicines will be admitted to the market. The CBG thus promotes the proper and safe use of medicines in the Netherlands.


The CIBG agency is an executive organisation within the Ministry of VWS which, based on legislation or established policy, makes decisions, registers data, issues permits and permissions, and provides support to committees and boards that have an oversight function in health care.

Health Care Inspectorate (IGZ)

The Health Care Inspectorate (Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg or IGZ) oversees public health with respect to both the way in which this care is organised and the quality of the care provided. The Inspectorate reports to and advises the government and health care institutions in this area. The Health Care Inspectorate is a part of Government Oversight of public health.

Inspectorate for Youth Care (IJZ)

The Inspectorate for Youth Care (Inspectie jeugdzorg) oversees the quality of assistance and protection provided to young people. The Inspectorate makes proposals for quality improvement. These proposals are primarily meant for institutions focused on youth assistance and youth protection. The final goal is to promote the fundamental right of children and young people to healthy and balanced human development.
The Inspectorate falls under the ministerial responsibility of the Minister of VWS and the Minister of Justice.

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

The RIVM conducts scientific research on behalf of government policy and the oversight exercised in the area of public health, the environment and nature. The institute is an independent branch of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). It also conducts research for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I).

Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP)

The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau) is a scientific institute that conducts independent research and, based on this research, issues solicited or unsolicited advice – to the government, the Senate, the House of Representatives, to ministries and other social and government organisations.
One of the permanent tasks of the SCP is the production of the biennial Social and Cultural Report, the biennial report Social State of the Netherlands and the four-yearly Public Sector Memorandum. The SCP was founded in 1973.

Almata Youth Institute

The former youth institute Den Engh is now called Almata. Almata provides compulsory treatment to young people between the ages of 12 and 18 that have serious behavioural problems. The goal is to reduce the problem behaviour and to offer realistic perspectives for the future.
Almata has locations in Den Dolder (Utrecht) and Ossendrecht (West-Brabant). In total, both locations can accommodate approximately 200 young people.

De Lindenhorst Youth Institute

De Lindenhorst Youth Institute in Zeist provides secured youth care for girls ages 12 and older. De Lindenhorst provides secured crisis intervention, diagnostics, child development guidance and treatment for girls with serious behavioural problems.