• 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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"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) received the certificate for the "berufundfamilie" audit for the fifth time at a virtual ceremony on 21 June 2022. The institute has been awarded the certificate for its family-conscious employment policy.

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Ensuring safety of nanotechnologies: German-Iranian exchange at a research workshop on 9 - 10 June 2022

How can nanotechnology be applied safely? This question brought together researchers from Germany and Iran on 9 and 10 June 2022. It was the first exchange of its kind.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 7 - 8 June 2022

Although it no longer applies in many areas, the mask requirement is still accepted by 87 percent of the population. An influence of age is also evident here: while 92 percent of those aged 60 and over support this measure, approval is a little lower in the younger age groups.

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Ein Fisch in einer Schale

Bacterial foodborne Vibrio infections: health risk assessment of the occurrence of Vibrio spp. (non-cholera vibrios) in food

Primarily found in bodies of salt or brackish water as well as wetlands, Vibrio bacteria are widely prevalent in the environment worldwide. These bacteria are frequently responsible for the bacterial contamination of seafood, including fish and fish products. 

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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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