• 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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Alufolie in Kontakt mit Lebensmitteln

15th BfR Consumer Protection Forum "Aluminium in Everyday Life: A Health Risk? Intake of Aluminium from Food, Cosmetics and other Consumer Products"

The BfR Consumer Protection Forum is a two-day event during which experts provide information on the current state of research. Together with stakeholders from the worlds of politics, business, consumer associations, non-government organisations, the media and the public, possible conclusions will be discussed. The complete event will be interpreted and broadcasted via live streaming.

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Laboruntersuchung mit Hilfe von Nährmedien

Pathogens in foods: progress and challenges

The third BfR symposium on "Zoonoses and Food Safety" presents current data and research results on pathogens which can be transmitted to humans via food.

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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.

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Unterzeichner des Kooperationsvertrages mit Bulgarien

Boosting Bulgaria's food safety system

BfR cooperation with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency. Initially, the cooperation will focus mainly on a project to safeguard the quality of raw milk.

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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.