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The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. It advises the Federal Government and Federal Laender on questions of food, chemical and product safety. Risk assessment is done on the basis of internationally recognised scientific assessment criteria. The Institute formulates, where appropriate, management options for risk reduction. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks and cooperates with other institutions, the EU member states, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as EFSA-Focal-Point and International partner countries. BfR plays a role in the definition of research strategies and funding priorities, underpinning the world-wide connections of the institute. BfR has the statutory remit for risk communication and informs the public at large about possible health risks and the research findings on which they are based in the fields of food, chemical and product safety. BfR enters into an active dialogue with various stakeholders from science, trade and industry, political circles, the media, associations, non-governmental organisations and consumers. In its scientific assessment, communication and research work the Institute is independent.
In line with the goal of the One Health European Joint Programm (EJP) to expand the interdisciplinary collaborations between the institutes, the BfR is involved in five research projects and two integrative projects and is heading the “Science to Policy Translation” work package. This work package aims to develop measures for the best possible transfer of results from the research projects and integrative schemes to stakeholders that are involved in the areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats. Two departments of the BfR are involved in this EJP.
The BfR-Department Biological Safety deals with health risks for humans which arise from microorganisms, the toxins formed by them and other microbial metabolites. They include bacteria, viruses, parasites and TSE pathogens. The Department is running a number of national reference laboratories for the diagnosis and typing of pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and the microbiological contamination of foods. It has a longstanding, proven expertise in monitoring of zoonotic agents along the food chain and the assessment of different food related exposure pathways.
The BfR-Department Exposure is responsible for the methodological standardisation and performance of exposure assessments in the field of food and product safety. The Department supports evidence-based assessments of consumer health risks in the areas of epidemiology, statistics and mathematical modelling. The work of the Exposure Assessment and Exposure Standardisation Unit is associated in the relevant scientific community in several data collections to facilitate refined exposure assessments.
Within the One Health EJP, the BfR is also coordinating the integrative project “ORION” (One health surRveillance Initiative on harmOnisation of data collection and interpretation). The main focus of this project is the exchange of data and information generated during the monitoring, collection and interpretation of data on health and wellbeing. The interaction among the institutions is being further improved through the collaboration of 13 institutes from seven countries which are active in the fields of public health and veterinary medicine.
Institute contacts Name Contact email Representative Annemarie Kaesbohrer Annemarie.Kaesbohrer@bfr.bund.de Institute Representative Karin Schlesier Karin.Schlesier@bfr.bund.de Scientific Representative
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