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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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Eine Teilnehmerin an einer Sitzung bedient einen Computer

A step closer to EU standards: strengthening consumer protection in Albania

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) provide expertise in consumer health protection in Albania

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Eine Teilnehmerin an einer Sitzung bedient einen Computer

Better assessment of pesticide residues with digital tools

On 17 September 2019, a workshop was held for cooperation on the usage of digital tools and IT applications for the health assessment of pesticide residues and the derivation of maximum residue levels at the BfR.

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Eine Tätowierung auf einem Oberarm

FAQ about tattoo inks

Tattoo inks may consist of many individual substances that have not been assessed in terms of their potential to be harmful to health when used in this way. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has answered frequently asked questions about tattoo and permanent make-up inks.

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Genome Editing im Labor

FAQ on Genome Editing and CRISPR/Cas9

Genome editing is a generic term for new methods enabling targeted modifications to the genetic material (genome) of a cell. In this FAQ, the BfR answers the most important questions on the topic of genome editing and the CRISPR/Cas9 method in particular.

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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.