• 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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Brucellosis: discovered more than 100 years ago and still a hot topic

From 9 to 12 September 2014, the International Brucellosis Society which consists of specialists in veterinary and human medicine as well as scientists working in a range of other disciplines will be visiting Berlin.

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Erfrischungsgetränke in Flaschen

Health assessment of soft drinks with added brominated vegetable oils

At the instance of the German food safety authority which rejected two beverages imported from the USA, the BfR was asked to assess the health effects of soft drinks to which brominated vegetable oils are added.

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Polyethylene-containing microplastic particles: health risk resulting from the use of skin cleansing and dental care products is unlikely

Based on the current state of knowledge, the BfR concludes that the use of cosmetic products containing PE microplastic particles does not pose a health risk to consumers.

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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.