Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is the scientific body of the Federal Republic of Germany that prepares expert reports and opinions on issues related to food safety and consumer health protection.
The assessments are conducted according to internationally recognized scientific criteria. The institute provides sound scientific advice to federal ministries and agencies responsible for consumer protection and food safety (e.g. German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, BMEL) or responsible for chemical safety and contaminants in food (e.g. German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, BMUB). BfR is engaged in scientific cooperation with other national and international institutions and organisations involved in consumer health protection and food safety. Experimental research at BfR is primarily conducted to strengthen and substantiate risk assessment processes. Due to its growing impact on the entire society (e.g., basic and applied research, product design, commercial interests), BfR is investigating in different projects the impact of nanoparticles on human health and is involved in method development for analytical and toxicological assessment of nanoparticles.