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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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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Plant protection product approval: precaution at the forefront

The European system of authorisation for plant protection products is sound and pays due consideration to protection against the risks to health and the environment. This conclusion was arrived at by Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ).

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Award of funds for scientific research projects in accordance with the 3R principle (Replace, Reduce, Refine)

The German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R) at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) award funds for scientific research projects in accordance with the 3R principle (Replace, Reduce, Refine). Applicants can submit project proposals until May, 31th 2019.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Approval of active substances in plant protection products: Transparency has priority

More openness and transparency in the assessment of the active substances contained in plant protection products - that was the appeal of BfR President, Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, at the hearing before the special committee of the EU Parliament on the authorisation of plant protection products.

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Ein Baby trägt eine Höschenwindel

Preliminary estimation of undesired substances in diapers

The BfR provides a preliminary estimation of the levels of contaminants and aromatic substances measured in diapers. A complete and conclusive assessment is currently impossible, as important detailed information of technical nature is not available to the BfR.

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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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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.