• keyvisual_2 Independent 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 independent 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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BfR welcomes the scientific criteria of the European Commission for identifying endocrine disruptors

BfR welcomes that, in addition to the mentioned criteria, the communication of the European Commission also lists a series of measures and their funding in order to support research and international cooperation, as well as the development of testing methods.

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Lebensmittel auf einem Grill

Cooked on the inside, but not charred on the outside: BfR web film on the art of grilling

During the warm season, the risk of food poisoning is particularly high, since pathogens in the food can rapidly multiply.

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Bild vom Besuch der CFDA am BfR

Scientific exchange between Germany and China to strengthen product and food safety

One of the focal points of the scientific exchange between the CFDA and the BfR on the occasion of the visit was the development of detection methods for contaminants and other substances.

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Kaffeebohnen

Quite a few things in your morning pick-me-up: coffee poses a challenge to risk assessment

Following the risk classification of coffee of 15 June carried out by the IARC located at the WHO, the BfR points out that the risk assessment of complex mixtures such as foods are of only limited informative value for 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.