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Poisonings

Products may involve risks which consumers are completely unaware of. In order to protect consumers against these “hidden” risks, BfR collects information on poisoning incidents and product formulations in a poison information database. The adverse effects of chemical products can now be quickly identified. BfR passes on the formulations to the poison information and treatment centres of the federal states so that they can respond to emergencies. Advice and the treatment of poisoning cases can thus be offered as quickly as possible on the basis of correct formulation information.

BfR poison information database

Thanks to this poison information database Germany now has a unique documentation and assessment system for damage to health caused by chemical products. The health threat to people from chemical products and substances can now be realistically assessed and the needs of health and environmental protection taken into account.

Physicians must notify poisoning incidents and manufacturers must notify their formulations. The following are documented in the poison information database:

Notification procedure

Physicians and manufacturers of formulations can find out about the provisions governing the notification procedure on the following website pages. Forms and electronic notification aids can be downloaded from the corresponding pages.

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Opinion

 (2 documents)
Date Title Größe
06.09.2010
BfR Opinion No. 041/2010
Health risks of nitric acid-containing cleaning products 100.2 KB
PDF-File
10.08.2009
BfR Opinion No. 050/2009
Risk of asphyxia in toddlers through the consumption of nuts - BfR recommends product label for consumers 27.0 KB
PDF-File

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FAQ

 (2 documents)
Date Title Größe
17.08.2016
BfR FAQs
Selected questions and answers about barbecuing 64.9 KB
PDF-File
10.10.2012
BfR FAQs
FAQs about the trendy drink Bubble Tea 56.0 KB
PDF-File

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Communication

 (2 documents)
Date Title Größe
04.09.2015
BfR communication No. 027/2015
Caution when eating bitter-tasting courgettes (zucchini) 56.0 KB
PDF-File
21.07.2015
BfR communication No. 021/2015
Dietary supplements containing dinitrophenol (DNP) can lead to severe intoxication and even to death 64.3 KB
PDF-File

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Miscellaneous

 (1 document)
Date Title Größe
15.12.2009
BfR Information No 047/2009
45 years of successful preventive work by the BfR Committee for the Assessment of Poisonings 27.6 KB
PDF-File

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Press information

 (41 documents)
Date Title Keywords
05.10.2016
41/2016
Adhesive flaps on paper tissue packagings can lead to choking accidents with small children product safety
29.09.2016
37/2016
Dangerous confusion: mushroom poisoning can be deadly toxication / poisoning
29.10.2015
31/2015
Monkshood, angel's trumpet and castor bean - the risk of acute poisoning from plants poisonous plants
21.08.2014
23/2014
Prize-winning BfR app for poisoning accidents among children Poison Control Centre
23.05.2014
12/2014
BfR app "Poisoning Accidents Among Children" receives German Prize for Online Communication chemical safety , chemicals , Poison Control Centre
31.03.2014
07/2014
New liquid laundry washing detergents can cause poisoning accidents involving children chemical safety , Poison Control Centre , washing and cleaning agents
01.10.2013
27/2013
Grilling with charcoal is definitely not an indoor pursuit! carbon monoxide , grill / barbecue
18.09.2013
26/2013
Protecting children from poisoning risk communication
22.08.2013
24/2013
Poisoning accidents among children: New App Facilitates First Aid and Prevention chemical safety , Poison Control Centre
28.08.2012
24/2012
By experts for experts: the first BfR-Summer school successfully completed
02.03.2012
10/2012
Dubious herbal mixtures and dangerous mushrooms
29.02.2012
09/2012
Skull and crossbones for nitric acid
14.10.2011
35/2011
Protecting Children from Poisoning
27.06.2011
20/2011
Talc-containing baby powder is a health risk
23.06.2011
19/2011
Charcoal grills should not be used indoors
03.02.2010
03/2010
Carbon monoxide poisoning on the increase indoors
22.12.2009
37/2009
Danger of suffocation for infants from nuts
15.12.2009
34/2009
Identifying, assessing and preventing intoxications
24.08.2009
21/2009
Science for the protection of consumers
17.07.2009
18/2009
Indoor grilling with charcoal is very dangerous!
10.06.2009
12/2009
Protect children from poisoning
15.12.2008
27/2008
Impregnating sprays and tattoo-removing agents
21.11.2008
25/2008
To successfully treat intoxications caused by consumer products, the formulations must be known
02.09.2008
15/2008
New warnings for dangerous chemicals aim to afford consumers better protection
16.11.2007
20/2007
Doctor’s obligation to report intoxications remains under the European chemicals legislation REACH
21.06.2007
08/2007
No regrets when barbecuing: Pay attention to hygiene and correct preparation of food
05.06.2007
06/2007
Detergent and cleaning agent formulations must be notified to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
18.04.2007
02/2007
Childproof oil lamps are possible!
07.07.2006
19/2006
Health effects should be systematically recorded for industrial and transport accidents involving chemicals!
26.05.2006
12/2006
Nano particles were not the cause of health problems triggered by sealing sprays!
12.04.2006
10/2006
Cause of intoxications with nano spray not yet fully elucidated
31.03.2006
08/2006
Exercise caution when using "nano-sealing sprays" containing a propellant!
12.01.2006
02/2006
From welding fumes to sewage gas - Hidden risks for consumers
24.05.2005
15/2005
BfR warns about intoxication incidents involving liquid grill lighters
15.04.2005
10/2005
Risk of mix-up with bear's garlic
21.02.2005
07/2005
Exercise care to prevent intoxications in the home and hobby sphere!
14.07.2004
07/2004
Two new child fatalities caused by lamp oils!
05.09.2003
21/2003
Poisoned by the "meat of the Gods"
18.02.2003
04/2003
Watch out for burns during building work!

05/2011
Tightening of trade in lamp oils and grill lighter fluids

06/2011
Poisonous mercury discoveries on derelict industrial sites

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External links

 (1 document)
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Gesetz zum Schutz vor gefährlichen Stoffen (Chemikalien-Gesetz)

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