• 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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Das BfR auf der IGW 2019

Well wrapped: enjoying food safely and sustainably

The BfR will be providing information at the International Green Week on the recommended ways to handle food and packaging.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Protective clothing in the field

A joint forum of the BfR and the BVL will address the topic of "Using plant protection products safely and staying healthy" at the International Green Week in Berlin on 21 January 2020.

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Das Titelblatt des BfR-Wissenschaftsmagazins 2-2019

Small parts - big impact? Microplastics in food

BfR research on the health risks of microplastics in the food chain is the main topic in the new issue of BfR2GO.

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Eine Frau trägt Creme auf

How much aluminium passes through the skin? The BfR reviews a new expert opinion

The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published a preliminary health assessment on the intake of aluminium via cosmetic products on 9 December 2019.

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Aluminiumschalen

Reducing aluminium intake can minimise potential health risks

Consumers can take up aluminium compounds from various sources, such as food, cosmetic products like aluminium containing antiperspirants and toothpaste, food contact materials like uncoated aluminium menu or baking trays and drugs.

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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.