• 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.

You are here:

Das Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung

News

Sitzungssaal der EFSA

BfR and EFSA to make joint efforts to improve food safety in Europe

Against the background of increasing globalisation of food and feed production and new types of production, food safety can, in a common European market, no longer be guaranteed through national institutions alone.

more

Grafik zum Omics Data Workshop

Omics methods in regulatory toxicology: Experts discussed possibility of application

From 9th  to 10th  October 2014 thirty Experts disscussed at a BfR-Workshop the application of omics data in regulatory toxicology.

more

Ein Rind frisst Futtermittel aus einem Trog

FAQs on anthrax and possible contamination of foods with Bacillus anthracis

Having received the information that meat from a herd potentially infected with anthrax has entered the food chain, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has compiled a list of FAQ on the subject.

more

Kühe im Stall

Anthrax outbreak in Slovakian cattle herd: health hazard to consumers from meat brought into Germany unlikely

Having received the information that meat from a herd potentially infected with anthrax had entered the food chain, the BfR conducted an initial evaluation of the risk of contamination of meat with the anthrax pathogen and of anthrax infection in humans in Germany.

more

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.