• keyvisual_2 Risk assessment BfR assesses risks from many areas of daily life. This includes the large spectrum of chemicals as well as foods of plant or animal origin, cosmetics and toys.
  • Reagenzgläser Identify risks - Protect Health These are the tasks which are incumbent on the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) when it comes to progressive consumer protection. They encompass the assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.
  • Institutsgebäude Marienfelde (jpg) Scientific excellence as the basis for long lasting confidence BfR gathers the latest scientific findings through an ongoing international exchange with experts from other scientific institutions but also from its own research.

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Eine Frau stillt ein Baby

BfR study confirms: no glyphosate detectable in breast milk

The BfR commissioned renowned research laboratories in Europe to develop two independent analytical methods with high sensitivity in order to test 114 breast milk samples from Lower Saxony and Bavaria.

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Dose mit einem Energydrink

Energy Drinks: When do they pose a risk?

The sixth online dialogue forum of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) entitled "Energy Drinks: When do they pose a risk?" has been launched.

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Tee wird in einer Teekanne aufgegossen

100 seconds of BfR: New online film format for consumers

The series is launched with an episode on pyrrolizidine alkaloids in tea and honey.

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Eine Frau schneidet Gemüse

What’s in your food: food-related risks to become easier to identify

How safe is the food we eat? Thanks to the first Total Diet Study conducted in Germany, this question will be easier to answer in future. The BfR presented the concept and goals of the study at its BfR forum at the International Green Week in Berlin.

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The Institute

The Institute

The Institute was set up in November 2002 to strengthen consumer health protection. It is the scientific agency of the Federal Republic of Germany which is responsible for preparing expert reports and opinions on food and feed safety as well as on the safety of substances and products.

Food Safety

Food Safety

BfR endeavours to constantly undertake topical assessments of the risks associated with foods - be it from heavy metals, pesticide residues, toxic ingredients or the like (substance risks), be it from bacteria, viruses or fungi (microbial risks) or be it risks from novel technologies in food production (novel foods).

Product safety

Product safety

For health assessment the decisive factor is whether and, if so, on what scale consumers come into contact with the substances contained in the products and what health risks these might entail. This requires knowledge about the numerous substances, materials and their processing into various products. 

Chemicals

Chemicals

Chemicals are encountered in almost all areas of daily life. That's why stiff requirements must be imposed to ensure the safe handling of chemicals. The proper handling of chemicals may not constitute a risk to the health of man or to the environment.