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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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Summer Academy 2018

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment strengthens consumer health protection worldwide

From 12 to 23 August 2019, 37 scientists from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America will discuss risk assessment and risk communication in the field of food safety.

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Spielzeuge aus Kunststoff in einem Kaufhausregal

PAH levels in consumer products should be as low as possible

The BfR is involved in the development of the criteria for awarding the national GS certification mark in an advisory capacity. Currently, the institute is working to ensure that the existing maximum levels for carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are adjusted to a level that is reasonably achievable according to prevailing technological standards.

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Genome Editing im Labor

The BfR "Genome Editing in the Field of Nutrition and Human Health" Consumer Conference starts on 10th August 2019

The BfR organises a consumer conference in order to establish a differentiated opinion of informed consumers on the application of genome editing, i.e. the novel and already well-established “DNA scissors" in the form of a consumer vote.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

The insecticide Chlorpyrifos does not fulfil the criteria for renewal of approval: BfR shares the scientific assessment of EFSA

In its peer review comments during the re-approval procedure, the BfR had pointed out that, there is a lack of robust developmental neurotoxicity studies (DNT).

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Mikroplastik im Essen

Microplastics: Facts, research and open questions

Microplastics are understood to be small plastic particles and fibres which are being detected in the environment to an increasing extent. The BfR answers some frequently asked questions about microplastics in the following paragraphs.

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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.