• 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 Titelblatt des BfR-Wissenschaftsmagazins in englischer Sprache

BfR2GO: Consumer health protection "to go"

From now on, the BfR is publishing a new format twice a year - "BfR2GO", which takes a look at topics in the area of consumer health protection.

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Das Europalogo

BfR supports EFSA and ECHA with the development of European guidelines for the health assessment of endocrine disruptors

On behalf of the EFSA, the BfR hosted a hearing of experts on the practicability of hormone measurements in toxicological studies in Berlin on 18 and 19 October 2017. The recommendations prepared as a result of the hearing are intended to be included as an annex to the guidelines for the health assessment of endocrine disruptors in line with the EFSA mandate.

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Ein Kind geht mit seiner Mutter einkaufen

Challenges in Risk Assessment: International Symposium at the BfR

From November 30th to December 1st 2017 a Joint International Symposium hosted by the NIFDS, ANSES, DTU and BfR will take place at the BfR.

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Dose mit einem Energydrink

Outcomes of the expert discussion "Potential Effects of Caffeine on the Cardiovascular System of Children and Adolescents"

On 26 April 2017, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment hosted an expert discussion in Berlin on the possible effects of caffeine on the cardiovascular system of children and adolescents.

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Genome Editing im Labor

Risk perception of genome editing: reservations and a great demand for information

Results of a BfR research project on public perception of the process of genome editing published.

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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.

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. 

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).

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.