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Research by the NRL on food contact substances

The main focus of research by the BfR National Reference Laboratory on food contact substances is the development and validation of chemical-analytical methods for determining migration and substance levels. It is currently working on the following topics:

  • Determination of plasticisers in lid sealing compounds
  • Determination of plasticisers in glass-packaged food
  • Determination of plasticisers in edible oil
  • Determination of plasticisers in spirits
  • Determination of perfluorinated compounds in consumer products and food
  • Studies on the migration of primary aromatic amines from kitchen utensils
  • Studies on the migration of formaldehyde from melamine formaldehyde resins.



Contact person

Dr. Torsten Bruhn (Head of)


Dr. Annika Ostermann
(deputy Head of)




Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
NRL for Food Contact Materials
Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10
10589 Berlin

Reference Laboratory

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