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Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)



The characteristic feature of BfR’s work is its scientific, research-driven approach. The public agencies responsible for risk management can draw on the Institute’s health assessments and management options. The BfR reports and recommendations are an important decision making aid for measures for all interested circles. By means of its science-based risk assessment, BfR provides important stimulus for consumer health protection both inside and outside Germany. BfR has the statutory remit of providing information on possible, identified and assessed risks which foods, substances and products may entail for consumers. It seeks to present the entire assessment process in a transparent manner to the public at large. By means of comprehensive, complete and easily understandable risk communication BfR renders science visible to and beneficial for consumers. National Reference Laboratories (NRL) in the field of food safety and food hygiene will be appointed by the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection pursuant to Regulation 882/2004 and will reported to the European Commission. 14 Reference laboratories and in addition the Reference Laboratory in the Network of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), the Senior Expert Office for the Import Control of Wine in accordance with the Wine Monitoring Ordinance and the Zoonosis reporting are attached to the BfR.

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

Phone: +49-(0)30-18412-0
Fax: +49-(030)-18412-4741
Email: pressestelle(@)bfr.bund.de

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