15 Years BfR

The German German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The foundation of the Imperial Health Office in 1876 marked the beginning of the institutional history of consumer health protection in Germany. As the successor establishment of the German Federal Health Agency and the German Federal Institute for Consumer Health Protection and Veterinary Medicine, the BfR sees itself as a scientific institution which promotes consumer health protection.

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Anniversary congratulations

The BfR cooperates with more than 40 national and international state and non-state institutions and regularly exchanges information on possible health risks and solution strategies with various interest groups and organised social groups. Several institutions and organisations report here on their cooperation with the BfR.


Jubilee Brochure

To mark its 15th anniversary, the BfR has published a special brochure. Beside examples from 15 years of scientific work in the service of consumer health protection, the brochure also contains background information on the institute, its working method and history. The brochure "15 Years of the BfR" can be ordered free of charge at www.bfr.bund.de/en/publications.html and viewed here as a scrollable pdf.


Die Titelseite des Flyers 15 Jahre Wissenschaft im Dienst des Menschen in englischer Sprache

29.09.2017: BfR "Schools at University"
The BfR "Schools at University" informs school children from Berlin about the institute and the work of the German German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) for consumer health protection. The school children will have the opportunity to discuss topics like nicotine, caffeine, cosmetics, kitchen hygiene, tattoos, risk perception and alternative methods to animal experiments with scientists of the BfR.

The event addresses school children from the 10th grade onwards and is free of charge. It will take place in the historical anatomy auditorium of the Charité in Berlin-Mitte, Philippstrasse 12, 10115 Berlin (access via Luisenstraße) from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. A registration is requested by e-mail to academy@bfr.bund.de until September 10, 2017.

29.11.2017: Anniversary ceremony
The BfR celebrates its 15th anniversary with invited guests from national and international counterpart authorities and national and international cooperation partners. The ceremony is accompanied by a "Jugend Musiziert" youth cello trio. Tanja Samrotzki will moderate the event.

The event is for invited guests only and will take place at the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin from 4:30 pm.

30.11.-01.12.2017: International symposium
In light of the BfR’s 15th anniversary, the BfR together with the Korean National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation (NIFDS), the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) and the Danish National Food Institute (DTU Food), wants to look back on the last one and a half decades of risk assessment according to the motto "Past, Present and Future Challenges in Risk Assessment - Strengthening Consumer Health Protection". Furthermore, current activities and future issues in consumer health protection on national and international levels such as microbiological agents, chemical substances, methodologies and harmonisation will be discussed. A poster presentation on current topics in risk assessment with the possibility of winning an award will provide the opportunity to actively participate in the conference.

The event is public and will take place at the BfR, Diedersdorfer Weg 1, 12277 Berlin. Registration is possible until November 24, 2017 at:

04.12.2017: 2nd BfR Science slam
To mark the 15th anniversary of the BfR, scientists of the BfR will present their research in an entertaining and generally understandable manner. The scientist receiving the most applause wins. Dr. Mark Benecke will moderate the event.

The event is free of charge and will be held in Heimathafen Neukölln, Karl-Marx-Straße 141, 12043 Berlin. Due to limited seats, registration is required via mail to academy@bfr.bund.de.

To see the Anniversary-Events Flyer click here (PDF file,469.00 KB).

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