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Statement on Accessibility

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) strives to produce its websites and mobile applications in accordance with the German Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz - BGG) and the regulation for the creation of barrier-free information technology according to the Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Act (Barrierefreie-Informationstechnik-Verordnung - BITV 2.0).

This Accessibility Declaration (status: 4 June 2024) applies to the version of this website currently available on the internet ( and relates to the test result of the BIK according to the BITV test procedure of 10 March 2014. In this test, the website achieved 90.25 out of a maximum of 100 points and was thus rated as easily accessible.

Status of compatibility with requirements

Due to the following exceptions, this website is only partially compatible with the BGG and the BITV:

PDF downloads that were posted before September 2018 do not fall within the scope of the applicable legal provisions and are not accessible. For all PDF documents posted after that date, the BfR creates a barrier-free version or endeavours to replace them with one as soon as possible. The BfR website may also include PDF documents which are also available as HTML pages. In this case, the HTML pages may be considered the accessible alternative to the PDF documents, meaning that the PDF documents do not necessarily have to be accessibly designed. The European Standard (EN 301 549 V 3.2.1) which applies to information and communication technologies (ICT) draws from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), which stipulate that information may also be accessed via an alternate means of conformance.

Video and audio files posted before September 2020 do not fall within the scope of the applicable legislation. In general, they were published without subtitles, text alternatives, or audio descriptions.

Report a barrier! Accessibility feedback

Have you noticed any issues regarding barrier-free access to the content of Then don’t hesitate to contact us. Please use the feedback form provided at

You can also contact us by post or by phone:

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10
10589 Berlin

Telephone: +49 30 18412 - 0

Fax: +49 30 18412 - 99099



The Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities oversees an Arbitration Service in accordance with Section 16 BGG. The Arbitration Service has the task of resolving conflicts between people with disabilities and public authorities of the federal government.

You can turn to the Arbitration Service if you are not satisfied with the answers from the contact options mentioned above. The role of the board is not to create winners and losers. Rather, the aim is to find a joint solution to a problem and out of court with the help of the Arbitration Service.

Arbitration is free of charge. Legal counsel is not required.

You can find all the information about arbitration on the website of the Arbitration Service. There you can read how arbitration works and how you can apply for it. You can also submit your application in simple language or in German sign language.

You can contact the Arbitration Service at the following address:

Schlichtungsstelle nach dem Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz bei dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderungen

Mauerstraße 53
10117 Berlin

Telephone: +49 30 18 527 - 2805

Fax: +49 30 18 527 - 2901




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