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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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Reappointment for BfR committees: external experts sought for new 2022-2025 appointment period

The BfR set up its committees in order to obtain external expert advice on scientific questions of food, chemical and product safety as well as risk assessment. Applications are now open for the new appointment period, which starts in 2022.

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Haushaltschemikalien

Questions and answers on the notification of hazardous products for emergency health response in Germany for submitters according to Art. 45 of the CLP Regulation

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has compiled frequently asked questions on the notification of hazardous products in order to provide answers quickly and in consistent quality.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

Protection against corona: 82 percent ventilate more frequently

BfR-Corona-Monitor investigates how people protect themselves against the virus.

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Dragon Breath

Food Trend "Dragon Breath": Cool Snack - "Burnt" Mouth

The BfR points out that due to the extreme cold, health risks are possible when consuming such "dragon breath" products. In addition to injuries to the tongue or the oral mucosa - also known as freezer burn or cold burn - damage to the teeth can occur.

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Haushaltschemikalien

Hazardous mixtures: European online submission portal for product notifications

From 2021 onwards, companies must submit the composition of their products classified as hazardous in PCN format.

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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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