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The history of BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment is one of two successor institutes to the Federal Institute for Consumer Health Protection and Veterinary Medicine (BgVV) which was, in turn, one of three successor federal institutes to the Federal Health Office (BGA) which was dissolved in 1994.

Chronology table

1876:

Founding of the Imperial Health Office

1906:

Some sections of the Imperial Health Office moved into new premises on the "Dahlem triangle" which has continued as one of the locations of BfR up to the present day.

1919:

Renaming as the Reich Health Office

1933-1945:

In the Reich Health Office a "racial hygiene and human biology research department" was set up. It officially paved the way for the killing and forced sterilisation of thousands of Sinti and Roma.

1945-1952:

Renaming as Central Institute for Hygiene and Health Care which initially reported to the City Council and then the Senate of Berlin.

1952-1994:

Establishment of the Federal Health Office within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Health

1994-2002:

Founding of the Federal Institute for Consumer Health Protection and Veterinary Medicine within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Health

2002:

Founding of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Information on the exhibition "The Reich Health Office under National Socialism" can be found under "Further information". The exhibition is lent out free of charge.

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Date Title Keywords
31.10.2002
27/2002
Last working day of BgVV

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