• 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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Grafik zum 3. BfR Science Slam

It's not rocket science

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment invites you to the 3rd BfR Science Slam at Heimathafen Neukölln on 5 December 2022.

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Eine Katze

"Spot-on" products: Do not use parasite products for dogs on cats

"Spot-ons" are liquid products that usually protect against parasites. They are applied to the skin. However, some of them may contain active substances that are poorly tolerated by cats and, if not used properly, can lead to poisoning or even death in the worst case.

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Grafik zur Risikokommunikation

A new handbook highlights six steps to successful risk communication

The Corona pandemic and heavy rain events have shown the importance of societal engagement with risks as well as preventive measures and behavioural recommendations. In order to support civil protection authorities and organisations in this important task, the BfR and the BBK are publishing a joint handbook on practical risk communication, which can be applied to various areas.

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BfR Jungfernheide

Germany and South Korea: Knowledge partnership for risk assessment

Since 2011, BfR and the Korean partner institution have organized almost every two years joint international symposia, each with a special focus topic tailored to the needs of risk assessment.

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Bild von einem Treffen des BfR mit der ONSSA

Food safety in Germany and Morocco: exploring opportunities for scientific cooperation

The BfR and the Moroccan Food Safety Au-thority (ONSSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of food safety in February 2021 to exchange views on global consumer health protection issues and to support each other with state-of-the-art knowledge and scientific expertise.

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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.

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