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Drugs Information and Monitoring System (DIMS)

DIMS is a national network of testing facilities that furthermore aims at gaining an insight into the market of controlled substances. DIMS is embedded within the Trimbos Institute and is funded by the Ministry of Health (VWS).

Since the 1990s, the Ministry of Health enabled the testing of illicit drugs for drug users to prevent serious health hazards associated with unexpected dangerous substances. This illicit drug testing system is called the Drugs Information and Monitoring System (DIMS); DIMS is a national network of testing facilities that furthermore aims at gaining an insight into the market of controlled substances. DIMS is embedded within the Trimbos Institute and is funded by the Ministry of Health (VWS). DIMS also runs the THC monitor (by analyzing cannabis samples purchased in randomly selected coffee shops on a yearly basis), and since 2012, DIMS also hosts the Monitor New Drugs, which focuses specifically on New Psychoactive Substances. For more  information, please visit the site here for publications in English and Dutch, including the annual report.