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BfR has the statutory task of undertaking scientific research that is closely linked to its activities. In its scientific assessment and research work the Institute is independent. It conducts research oriented towards application objectives and carries out scientific studies that are necessary for the execution of its statutory tasks. In this way BfR safeguards and promotes the scientific expertise behind its internationally recognised competences and know-how in the field of risk assessment, which is independent of economic interests.
Main areas of research
BfR’s research activities focus on the main areas stipulated by the legislator:
- Assessment of food and feed with regard to microbiological and chemical substance safety
- Safety of substances (chemicals), safety of pesticides and biocides
- Safety of consumer products (cosmetics, tobacco products, textiles, consumer items and food packaging)
- Development, assessment and validation of alternatives to animal experiments
- Risk communication
The BfR research programme is oriented towards the research plan of the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) and research needs in line with its statutory remit. The research programme has a medium-term timeline and is evaluated annually.
Besides its own research activities, BfR nurtures close contacts on the national and international levels through joint research projects and the exchange of scientific experience.