• 20 Jahre Keyvisual 1 - englisch 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.
  • 20 Jahre Keyvisual 2 - englisch 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.
  • 20 Jahre Keyvisual 3 - englisch Identify Risks - Protect Health These are the tasks which are incumbent on the German 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.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

Coronavirus: Around one third believe they cannot protect themselves from an infection

Those who are 60 years or older are more likely than younger people to think they can prevent an infection.

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Eine Tätowierung auf einem Oberarm

Frequently asked questions about tattoo inks

Since January 4, 2022, certain substances present in tattoo inks and “permanent make-up” have been gradually restricted in the European Union. The BfR has compiled frequently asked questions and answers about tattoo inks below.

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berufundfamilie audit: German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment receives certificate for family-conscious employment policy for the fifth time

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has successfully completed the "berufundfamilie" audit for the fifth time. The institute has been awarded the certificate for its family-conscious employment policy.

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Eine Ratte

Protection of laboratory animals: The point of view of the animals should be considered with regard to their housing conditions in the laboratory

In order to reduce pain, suffering, or stress in laboratory animals, various measures are being researched at the German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R) at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

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Filament für 3D-Drucker

Advanced materials should be safe and sustainable

Today's advanced materials are complex and have a wide range of uses. Therefore, it is all the more important to regulate and control the development of novel, safe and sustainable materials at an early stage.

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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.

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