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  • Reagenzgläser 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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Grafik zur Internationalen Konferenz zur Unsicherheit in der Risikoanalyse

Uncertainty - a normal part of science

Conference in Berlin: the BfR and EFSA are presenting challenges and progress in the assessment of uncertainties. The conference can be followed per live stream on 21 and 22 February 2019.

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Bild von der BfR-App: Vergiftungsunfälle bei Kindern

Poisoned? The BfR app for emergencies

What to do when a child has tasted a poisonous plant? The expanded BfR app "Poisoning accidents involving children" provides fast information on poisonous plants.

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Verschiedene Knopfzellen

Button cell batteries: Swallowing can lead to severe health damage in small children

If button cells are swallowed, they can get stuck in the oesophagus and severely damage the mucosa. The “Assessment of Intoxications” committee of the BfR therefore recommends particular care.

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Ein Mann behandelt eine Pflanze mit Pflanzenschutzmitteln

European assessment of Glyphosate is quality-assured and independent - Industry reports are routinely part of assessment reports

Decisive is the quality of the critical review by the authorities of the applicant's dossier and scientific literature.

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BfR-Schild in Marienfelde

Resistant germs - a global problem

BfR at the international start-up project meeting on animal health and food safety in Africa.

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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.

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).

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. 

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.