The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (German: Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung), abbreviated BfR, is a body under public law of the German federal government with full legal capacity. The institute comes under the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (German: Bundesministeriums für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, BMEL) and has the task of providing scientific advice to the federal government on issues relating to food safety, product safety, chemical safety, contaminants in the food chain, animal protection and consumer health protection. Further technical supervision is performed by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (chemicals safety, environmental contamination in feed and food) and the Federal Ministry of Transport (transport of hazardous goods, International Convention on Ballast Water Management, Central Command for Maritime Emergencies). The BfR was established on 1 November 2002 to strengthen consumer health protection whose credibility had suffered as a consequence of the BSE crisis. This explains why the legislator wrote into the Act establishing the BfR that it enjoys independence in its scientific assessments. The main task of the BfR is to voice an opinion on the potential risks from food, consumer articles and chemicals, and to offer scientific advice to the federal ministries for their policy decisions. In 2015 the BfR staff comprised a total of 801 employees, including 324 scientists and 25 trainees. For its statutory tasks, the BfR was allocated funds in 2015 amounting to € 81 million including third-party funding secured by it € 4.1 million. Its objective is to strengthen consumer health protection in Germany and on the international level. The main areas of work laid down in the “Act restructuring consumer health protection and food safety” of 14 August 2002 encompass the health assessment of biological and material-chemical safety of food, health assessment of the safety of substances (chemicals, pesticides, biocides) and selected products (consumer articles, cosmetics, tobacco products, textiles and food packaging), risk assessment of genetically modified organisms in food, feed, plants and animals, risk communication and the development and validation of alternative methods to animal experiments. In 2015 the BfR issued approximately 3000 scientific opinions. In 2015 the BfR was involved in 20 EU projects and 25 projects of the German Research Society (DFG) and other federal agencies. In 2015 BfR employees served on 424 national and international panels. The BfR informs the general public about potential, identified and assessed risks. Here the Institute believes it is imperative to ensure that the assessment process and the foundations for assessment are as transparent and comprehensible as possible. The BfR opinions are intended for all social stakeholders who play a relevant role in consumer health protection: federal and regional ministries, public authorities on the municipal, regional and federal level, consumer associations and other interested bodies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), scientific institutions, national and international bodies and organisations, the business community, professional bodies and the media. Besides the media, consumer advice centres, Stiftung Warentest (test institution for consumer goods) and the Infodienst Verbraucherschutz, Ernährung, Landwirtschaft (information service on consumer protection, food and agriculture (aid)) are important multipliers when it comes to informing the public at large.
The following is the list of articles by scholars from Federal Institute for Risk Assessment that are published in OMICS International journals.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Federal Institute for Risk Assessment that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.