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Risk communication

Risk communication is an important task of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). It is defined as a continuous and interactive process and characterised by a participatory dialogue with various stakeholders. Hence, risk communication extends far beyond providing information to all those concerned and to interested circles about the Institute’s assessment work and its findings. Providing timely information to the public at large about possible health risks, findings and work results is the basis for this dialogue.

Risk communication principles
In its risk communication activities, BfR upholds three principles in order to raise the confidence of all the stakeholders in the risk assessment process:

  • Transparency
  • Reliability
  • Greatest possible openness

Goal of a participatory dialogue
The goal of a participatory dialogue is to establish whether there are differences in the perception, assessment and handling of risks amongst the various stakeholders and interest groups. Only when there is an awareness of the values and norms on which the individual risk assessments of the participants in the dialogue are based, can they be taken into account. A dialogue of this kind may end in consensus or dissent about assessments and management options. Nevertheless, each dialogue provides valuable insight for risk managers and the decisions they take.

Stakeholders
The stakeholders of BfR and, by extension, its risk communication are wide-ranging. They include

  • federal government and federal state ministries, agencies on the municipal, regional and federal levels
  • consumer associations and their interest groups
  • scientific institutions
  • national and international agencies and organisations
  • business community and trade associations
  • media.

Besides the media, the consumer advice centres, Stiftung Warentest or the Information Service Consumer Protection, Food, Agriculture (aid) are important multipliers when it comes to providing the public at large with information.

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Communication

 (2 documents)
Date Title Größe
23.02.2017
BfR Communication No 001/2017
How certain are you? The BfR supports the EFSA with a survey on the communication of scientific uncertainty 33.4 KB
PDF-File
20.05.2016
BfR Communication No. 014/2016
BfR calls for the vocational integration of refugees and is expanding its multilingual range of risk communication 32.3 KB
PDF-File

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Miscellaneous

 (1 document)
Date Title Größe
01.02.2006
European Commission Special Eurobarometer
Risk Issues - Executive Summary on Food Safety 525.0 KB
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Press information

 (18 documents)
Date Title Keywords
02.05.2016
15/2016
Three quarters of the population believe that food in Germany is safe risk communication
01.03.2016
10/2016
Divergence between media reporting and scientific assessment leads to scepticism among consumers glyphosate, pesticides, risk communication
23.11.2015
36/2015
Scientific expertise for those on the move risk assessment , risk communication
12.10.2015
27/2015
The large majority of consumers believe food in Germany is safe risk communication
22.01.2015
03/2015
BfR study on risk perception: the majority of German consumers believe that animal farming is the cause of antimicrobial resistance antibiotic resistance, risk communication
15.08.2014
22/2014
Advanced training and networking for experts from all over the world food safety , risk communication
19.04.2013
10/2013
Risk at a glance risk communication , risk profile
23.03.2011
09/2011
Science in the service of humanity online
12.03.2010
05/2010
Natural and social sciences jointly research, assess and communicate risks
26.02.2010
04/2010
"Risk" or "hazard"? Experts do not all distinguish between these two terms in the same way
17.12.2008
28/2008
Theory and Practice of Risk Communication
18.11.2008
23/2008
Risk assessment and risk communication: Good rating for BfR
10.11.2008
21/2008
Positive image of nanotechnology in the media
19.12.2007
23/2007
The majority of consumers view the development of nanotechnology favourably
22.08.2006
23/2006
More proactive communication on nanotechnology!
04.11.2005
34/2005
BfR makes its knowledge "easily accessible" to everyone
26.09.2005
29/2005
Risk communication: More than a targeted exchange of information
07.09.2005
28/2005
Crises cost money, dent confidence and create opportunities

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Department 2

Identify risks - Protect health

"Science to serve humanity" is the guiding principle of BfR. This film provides insight into the Institute's work.