As an agency of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is a governmental research and knowledge institute providing policy support to the Dutch government. RIVM performs tasks to safeguard and promote public health and environmental quality in the Netherlands. In its role as trusted advisor, RIVM provides the government with impartial advice on infectious diseases, vaccination programmes, population screening, lifestyle, nutrition, pharmaceuticals, environment, sustainability, safety and security. The RIVM center of Nutrition, Prevention and Health Services Research is involved in numerous (inter)national research projects about determinants, prevention and early recognition of frailty and about integrated care programmes for frail elderly people. Our experts participate in various international networks and are members of many international scientific committees and experts panels of the EU. RIVM also carries out activities for other international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and OECD.