• 15-Jahre Headergrafik eng. Identify Risks - Protect Health These are the tasks which are incumbent on the German 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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Das Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung

BfR-Schild in Marienfelde

Scientific excellence forms the basis for expert advice

When the BfR Committee "Assessment of Intoxications" met from 9 to 10 April 2018, it was the first of a total of 14 newly appointed BfR committees to start its work.

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In einer Großküche wird Salat angerichtet

Foodborne disease outbreaks: Doing the right thing at the right time with suitable means in times of crisis

Scientific workshop organised by the BfR, ASAE and ARFA to improve the handling of foodborne disease outbreaks in Portuguese-speaking countries.

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Grafik zum EU-Almanach Lebensmittelsicherheit

EU Food Safety Almanac

The BfR publishes the updated fourth edition of the EU Food Safety Almanac in Russian language. The EU Almanac provides an overview of all relevant public authorities and offers insights into the structures of food and feed safety in the European Union and neighbouring countries. Further versions (English, German, French, Portuguese and Spanish) are already available.

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Laboruntersuchung mit Hilfe von Nährmedien

Fatty liver under stress

Experts at the BfR in Berlin have now analysed liver cells in vitro to investigate how degenerative fattening and inflammation can impair the body's primary detoxification system.

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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.