• 15-Jahre Headergrafik 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 independent assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.

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Der Messestand des BfR auf der IGW 2017

Breakfast at the BfR - with certainty!

The BfR is providing information at International Green Week on the risks that can be concealed in food.

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Gäste im BfR

From civil war to the laboratory

Like many employers in the public and private sector, the BfR as a scientific institution also makes a contribution towards the integration of people from the civil war regions of the Middle East who are seeking refuge in Germany.

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Preisträger bei der Verleihung des Hamburger Forschungspreises

BfR method for targeted genome data comparison of humans and animals receives research prize

On 9 December 2016, BfR scientists were awarded the Hamburg Research Prize for the Promotion of the Development of Alternative and Complementary Methods.

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Bild zum Genome Editing

Does genome editing impact the safety of food and feed and hence consumer protection?

The BfR has organised a symposium to be held on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at Berlin-Marienfelde. The symposium will discuss the methods of so-called genome editing and its applications from the perspective of risk assessment of food and feed.

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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.