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Department Safety of Consumer Products
The BfR Product Safety Department was set up to identify, research, assess and prevent health risks from cosmetics, tobacco products, consumer articles (food packaging, toys, baby bottles, teats, cleaning agents, garments, etc) as well as other consumer products (furniture, mattresses, carpets, DIY products, etc). It not only takes the undoubtedly existing knowledge gaps of science-based risk assessment but also the concerns of the public at large in this field into account. Experimental projects on migration and exposure as well as the toxicity of chemical substances in these articles of daily use are an integral part of these assessment activities.
The Department currently consists of three Units.
The remit of Department 7 includes the co-ordination and overall evaluation of risk assessments, the identification of research needs for risk assessment and the initiation and accompaniment of internal and external research projects to support risk assessments.
The Department represents BfR on national and international panels such as the Working Group “Cosmetic Products” of the EU, the “Committee of Experts on Cosmetic Products” of the Council of Europe, the joint working group of the Plastics Commission of BfR and the Drinking Water Committee of UBA (Federal Environmental Agency) “Consumer Articles in Contact with Drinking Water”, the Working Group “Cosmetics” of the ALS (Association of Food Chemical Experts) as well as national and international standardisation committees.