• keyvisual_2 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.
  • 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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Deutsch-amerikanische Wissenschaftskooperation

German-American scientific cooperation with positive mid-term results

Food poisoning, genome analysis, tattoo inks and innovative alternatives to animal testing in risk assessment: these current scientific topics were discussed intensively on 28 May 2024 during a visit by a delegation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin. 

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Trilaterales treffen 2024

From Germany via France to South Korea: Knowledge exchange for safe food along the supply chain

Since July 2010, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has been working together with the National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation (NIFDS), a research institution of the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS, formerly KFDA). 

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BfR software FoodChain-Lab enables rapid action in the event of disease outbreaks

Prepare for the unexpected: World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2024

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Hormonally active chemicals: a question of dose

The dose makes the poison is the “fundamental law” of toxicology, the science of poisons. Yet, are there substances for which there is no “safe” dose, where even the smallest amount is potentially harmful? This question is subject of a controversial debate which, amongst others, also comprises hormonally active chemicals. 

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Cosmetic products: All ingredients must be tested

Questions and answers on the risk assessment of cosmetic products

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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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