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Facts & Figures

Foundation

1 November 2002 as a body under public law within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Location

3 locations in Berlin

Main location: Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10 (Berlin-Jungfernheide)
President’s office: Alt-Marienfelde 17-21
Additional Institute buildings: Diedersdorfer Weg 1

Human resources

Headcount: 801 (2015)
Scientists: 324
Trainees: 25

Budget

For its statutory tasks, in 2015 BfR had a budget of € 81 million
Third-party funding € 4,1 million

Objective

To strengthen consumer health protection in Germany and on the international level.

Main areas of work

The main areas of work laid down in the “Act restructuring consumer health protection and food safety” of 14 August 2002 encompass the

  • health assessment of biological and material-chemical safety of food,
  • health assessment of the safety of substances (chemicals, pesticides, biocides) and selected products (consumer products, cosmetics, tobacco products, textiles and food packaging),
  • risk assessment of genetically modified organisms in food, feed, plants and animals,
  • risk communication and
  • the development and validation of alternative methods to animal experiments.

Risk assessments

In 2015 BfR carried out approximately 3000 risk assessments.

Research

In 2015 BfR was involved in 20 EU projects and 25 projects of the German Research Society (DFG) and other federal agencies

Committee work

In 2015 BfR scientists serve on 424 national and international committees.

The following are attached to BfR:

National Reference Laboratories (NRL)

17 NRLs from the fields of food safety, genetically modified organisms, food hygiene, zoonotic agents and antibiotics resistance monitoring and the Senior Expert Office for Wine.

Federal Bureau for Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)

Responsible for the national and international coordination and harmonisation of GLP-relevant questions and for the monitoring of GLP test institutes inside and outside Germany

German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (BfR3)

The BfR performs the role of the "German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R)" and coordinates all associated activities nationwide with the goal of

  • Reducing animal experiments to the necessary minimum
  • Providing the best possible protection for laboratory animals.

BfR Committees

15 Committees advise the Institute. In Germany they draw together the available expertise and then input it into international bodies. This guarantees rapid access to an expert network not just during a crisis.

National Breastfeeding Committee

Its task is to promote breastfeeding in Germany.

EFSA Focal Point

Its task is to coordinate the exchange of scientific information between the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the public institutions responsible for food and feed safety in Germany and stakeholders from the business community, science and consumer associations.

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BfR reports to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

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