Risk assessmentBfR 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.
Identify risks - Protect HealthThese are the tasks which are incumbent on the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) when it comes to progressive consumer protection. They encompass the assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.
Scientific excellence as the basis for long lasting confidenceBfR gathers the latest scientific findings through an ongoing international exchange with experts from other scientific institutions but also from its own research.
How safe is the food we eat? Thanks to the first Total Diet Study conducted in Germany, this question will be easier to answer in future. The BfR presented the concept and goals of the study at its BfR forum at the International Green Week in Berlin.
The use of antibiotics in livestock farming favours the development of resistance and spread of bacteria with resistance. To prevent the further increase of resistance, the BfR is of the opinion that the use of antibiotics in livestock farming should be restricted to the absolute minimum level required for therapy.
Working in conjunction, the BfR and aid infodienst have drawn up rules of hygiene for employees in commercial kitchens. Previously available in nine languages, the leaflet on this topic has now been translated into French, Greek and Spanish as well.
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.
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.
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 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.