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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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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

The risk of coronavirus is still taken seriously

"BfR-Corona-Monitor": Interim results of the survey after ten weeks show trends in the perception of the pandemic.

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Eine Frau trägt Creme auf

Sun cream protects, but are there health risks?

How do sun cream provide protection from UV radiation? Are the UV filter substances used harmful to health? How should the nanomaterial used, titanium dioxide, be assessed? Are sunscreen products tested at all? The answers to these and other questions can be found on the BfR website.

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Analytik im Labor

Next-generation sequencing: opportunities and limitations for human and animal health protection

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), in coordination with the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI), has evaluated the application of the NGS methods concerning food safety and animal health based on the EFSA opinion.

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Ein Wissenschaftler schaut durch ein Mikroskop

A test reveals 'secret' hormones

Scientists at the BfR have developed a test method which detects possible detrimental effects of chemical substances that mimic hormone activity. This test is based on a human cell line and specifically tracks substances which have similar or opposite effects to the female sex hormone oestrogen.

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Laboruntersuchung mit Hilfe von Nährmedien

Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects?

The BfR was asked whether it is possible to become infected with the new coronavirus through glasses in a restaurant or a pub. The BfR is not yet aware of any infections with SARS-CoV-2 via these routes of transmission. The BfR comments further on this in its updated FAQ.

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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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