• keyvisual_2 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.
  • 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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Genome Editing im Labor

FAQ on Genome Editing and CRISPR/Cas9

Genome editing is a generic term for new methods enabling targeted modifications to the genetic material (genome) of a cell. In this FAQ, the BfR answers the most important questions on the topic of genome editing and the CRISPR/Cas9 method in particular.

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Bild von der Krisenübung 2019

When the crisis hits: International crisis practice helps prepare for an emergency scenario

On behalf of and in cooperation with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the BfR, supported by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), is organising an international crisis practice from 28 until 30 August 2019 at the BfR.

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Eine Tätowierung auf einem Oberarm

Allergy risk: Metal particles from tattoo needles detected in the skin for the first time

Micro and nanoparticles of metal from tattoo needles can be deposited in the skin and in lymph nodes. This is the result of researchers from the BfR, together with an international team of partners.

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Food safety in Latin America: key regional aspects and global challenges

"Building-up a Regional Approach" to food safety is the goal of the international researchers who will be attending the event in Uruguay from 27 to 29 August 2019. The primary focus of the symposium is the scientific assessment of chemical and microbiological risks in food. Interactive workshops will be used to pool the findings.

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Analytik im Labor

No evidence of intestinal damage from polystyrene microplastic in the laboratory

Polystyrene is one of the most widely used plastics worldwide. Initial scientific analyses show that humans also consume PS microplastics through their diet.

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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.