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Questions and Answers on Ensuring the Independence of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

FAQ of BfR 30 May 2012

The independence of experts is a fundamental prerequisite for independent risk assessment. For this reason, the separation of scientific risk assessment and subsequent risk management has asserted itself in Europe over the last 10 years. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is an independent scientific institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL). It conducts its own research on the basis of its own establishment act and advises the Federal Government and Federal Laender on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR is independent in its scientific evaluations, research and communication.

The overall concept of the BfR has the explicit intention of interacting with all stakeholders (NGOs, consumer associations, trade and industry, politics, science, media).  The involvement of various stakeholders is of great significance, especially when scientific positions are represented and justified. It is of decisive importance that no funding may be obtained from industry for reasons of independence.

Rules intended to ensure the independence of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment have been summarised below.

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