About us

To ensure that everyone receives good and safe medication, sound knowledge about the use, prescription and delivery of medication is essential. The Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine (IVM) is the place to come for this knowledge. We are specialised in the distribution of information and solutions for the proper, safe, affordable and effective use of medicine. The IVM provides information from an unbiased perspective. Our aim is to help healthcare professionals become even better at their work so that patients benefit as much as possible.

The advisors who work at the IVM know their field inside and out: doctors, pharmacists, other medical professionals and experts in the area of medication processes. We carry out assignments from a social perspective, without commercial or professional interests. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, care providers, health insurers, care institutions, patients’ organisations and professional organisations are major customers of our products and services. We work together with international organisations like Healthy Skepticism International (HSI) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The healthcare professionals working for the IVM can also be seconded, including to assignments abroad. Their knowledge and expertise is used in various organisations to improve medication safety and the medication process, among other things. We teach international organisations how they can contribute to the proper, safe and affordable use of medicine in their own country.

In 1995, the Foundation for the Effective Provision of Medication (Stichting DGV) was established. We receive an institutional subsidy from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport but also have a large number of other clients, such as care providers and health insurers. In 2010, the foundation was renamed: the Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine (IVM). Ruud Coolen van Brakel has been the director of the IVM since 2000.

Would you like to know more about the IVM, our products and service or our secondment possibilities? Feel free to contact us.