• 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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Die Titelseite zum BfR Jahresbericht 2015

An insight into the wide-ranging work of the BfR: Annual Report 2015 published

From the authenticity testing of food and feed through the launch of the BfR MEAL Study to the establishment of the German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R) - the Annual Report 2015 documents the work of the BfR in all aspects of consumer health protection.

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Das Logo zur MEAL-Studie

BfR MEAL Study - Information and Cooperation

The first total diet study for Germany is entitled the BfR MEAL Study (Mahlzeiten für die Expositionsschätzung und Analytik von Lebensmitteln - Meals for the Exposure Assessment and Analysis of Foods). It examines the health risks of processed and prepared food.

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Bild einer Nanoröhre

Application-safe and environmentally friendly development and use of nanomaterials and other new materials

Federal authorities update their joint research strategy "Nanotechnology - health and environmental risks of nanomaterials".

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BfR-Schild in Marienfelde

Attractive career paths in German departmental research: BfR presenting itself in the USA together with BAM and UBA to find top researchers

At the annual convention of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in Washington D.C., the BfR will, for the first time, present career opportunities in German departmental research together with the BAM and the UBA.

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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.