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BfR Committee for the Assessment of Intoxications

The BfR Committee for the Assessment of Intoxications has the task of further optimising the national monitoring of incidents involving chemical substances and products. This involves identifying the causes/courses, identifying trends and risks early on, rendering them transparent and protecting consumers. For the purposes of early detection, these incidents are to be assessed from the very outset. In English and French speaking countries, the term used to describe this type of monitoring is toxicovigilance or toxicosurveillance. It is an important part of state consumer protection.

Tasks of the BfR Committee

The Committee has the tasks of identifying, improving the documentation on and assessing health impairments caused by products, substances and other noxae pursuant to §16 e of the German Chemicals Act and the new international provisions in REACH/GHS.

The Committee for the Assessment of Intoxications works closely with the German Poison Information and Treatment Centres and the corresponding national and international scientific bodies. There are plans for the exchange of expertise and information with relevant organisations in the German-speaking countries, Austria and Switzerland, as well as with other European countries.

Members of the BfR Committee

The Committee members are experts in the areas of human medicine, toxicology, clinical toxicology, safety at work, consumer protection and the latest product knowledge.


Other documents

Date Title Size
BfR Information No 047/2009
45 years of successful preventive work by the BfR Committee for the Assessment of Poisonings 27.6 KB


Press releases

Date Title Keywords
Identifying, assessing and preventing intoxications
To successfully treat intoxications caused by consumer products, the formulations must be known



BfR Administrator
Dr. Herbert Desel


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