The focus of the work of BfR is on people as consumers. With its work the Institute makes a major contribution to ensuring that food, substances and products become safer. In this way BfR helps to protect the health of consumers.

The scientific, research-driven approach

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 results 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.

Risk communication

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.

BfR reports to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

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