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BfR Risk Profile

The BfR prepares health assessments for the areas of food, consumer products and chemicals. These scientific opinions are published on the BfR website along with an easily understandable lead paragraph. As a new service, the results of selected opinions have been summarised graphically in a BfR risk profile since January 2013.

Opinions with a BfR risk profile

In future, the BfR risk profile will be integrated into all suitable opinions newly published by the BfR in the internet.

Important note

Every BfR profile is to be accompanied by an important note: The risk profile is intended to visualise the risk described in the BfR opinion. It is not intended to compare risks. The risk profile should only be read in conjunction with the opinion.

General description of a BfR risk profile

The clear and concise conveyance of a set of facts is the main focus of a BfR risk profile. With the risk profile, the readers can quickly recognise the circumstances and main characteristics of the risk assessed in the BfR opinion. The chart is structured as a table containing the five characteristics (see example in the illustration):

  • Affected groups of persons
  • The probability of impaired health in the event of exposure
  • The severity of impaired health in the event of exposure
  • The validity of the available data and
  • The possibilities for consumers to control the risk through such measures as avoidance or caution.

Each applicable risk characteristic is highlighted in dark blue.

BfR Risk Profile

Goals of the BfR risk profile: transparency, comprehensibility, relevance

BfR risk profiles offer value added to all consumers and addressees of the BfR opinions. The graphic presentation of the risk characteristics increases the transparency of BfR risk assessments through standardised terminology, thus improving comprehensibility through standardised presentation.

The BfR issues recommendations on how consumers can protect themselves from risks. The information on how people can control health risks by themselves is of particular interest to consumers and to the BfR within the scope of its risk communication. A risk is often perceived by consumers as being more significant if they do not have any control over it. Information on the controllability of risks plays an important role in risk perception for this reason.

Development and evaluation of the BfR risk profile

The BfR risk profile was developed by the BfR in various internal and external test phases in cooperation with scientists from various disciplines. Risk profiles supplement BfR opinions and are based on the BfR Guideline for Health Assessments PDF-File (1.1 MB).

Risk profiles are evaluated constantly. The comments of all readers concerning the BfR risk profile are being collected and evaluated to begin with in a three-month pilot phase.

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Opinion

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Date Title Größe
02.11.2017
BfR Opinion No. 032/2017
Food supplements with whole-leaf Aloe preparations containing anthranoids are associated with health risks 39.3 KB
PDF-File
11.09.2017
BfR Opinion No.026/2017
Botulism risk through salted and dried roach 57.1 KB
PDF-File
27.06.2017
BfR Opinion No. 011/2017
Wild boar meat can contain Duncker’s muscle fluke 55.0 KB
PDF-File
27.03.2017
BfR Opinion No 003/2017
Risk assessment of the occurrence of alkaloids in lupin seeds 312.7 KB
PDF-File
28.09.2016
BfR Opinion No. 030/2016
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids: Levels in foods should continue to be kept as low as possible 42.4 KB
PDF-File
13.04.2016
BfR Opinion No 008/2016
Raw milk: boiling protects against infection with Campylobacter 40.4 KB
PDF-File
01.10.2015
BfR Opinion No. 035/2015
Results of the National Residue Control Plan and Import Control Plan for 2013 confirm a high level of safety with foods of animal origin 63.8 KB
PDF-File
08.06.2015
BfR Opinion no. 044/2015
Bisphenol F in mustard: adverse effects on health due to the measured BPF concentrations are unlikely 37.9 KB
PDF-File
26.05.2015
BfR opinion No. 014/2015
Mineral oils in cosmetics: Considering all available scientific evidence, no health risks are to be expected from absorption via the skin 39.0 KB
PDF-File
07.04.2015
Updated BfR opinion No. 009/2015
Two bitter apricot kernels per day are the limit for adults - children should refrain from consuming apricot kernels altogether 40.4 KB
PDF-File
24.06.2014
BfR Opinion No. 018/2015
Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products 74.0 KB
PDF-File
12.05.2014
BfR opinion No. 028/2014
BfR recommendations for the health assessment of chlorate residues in food 38.8 KB
PDF-File
29.04.2014
BfR opinion No. 013/2014
Assessment report on the findings of the National Residue Control Plan 2012 and the Import Control Plan 2012 37.1 KB
PDF-File
11.03.2014
BfR Opinion No. 014/2014
New EU maximum levels for dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs in livers of terrestrial animals and in sheep liver 108.4 KB
PDF-File
26.02.2014
BfR opinion No. 007/2014
Aluminium-containing antiperspirants contribute to aluminium intake 152.8 KB
PDF-File
10.02.2014
BfR Opinion No. 015/2014
Hair colouring products: self-tests can cause allergies 46.6 KB
PDF-File
13.11.2013
Opinion No 035/2014 of the BfR
High tropane alkaloid levels in cereal products: Health impairments are possible in individuals with heart problems 115.7 KB
PDF-File
05.07.2013
BfR Opinion No. 018/2013
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids in herbal teas and teas 313.6 KB
PDF-File
02.07.2013
BfR Opinion Nr. 017/2013
Assessment of a possible connection between milk consumption and the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus 64.2 KB
PDF-File

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Press information

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Date Title Keywords
02.11.2017
45/2017
Everyday risks at a glance - Promoting risk-literate decisions with transparent visualisations research , risk communication , risk profile
19.04.2013
10/2013
Risk at a glance risk communication , risk profile

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