Facts & Figures
- Human resources
- Main areas of work
- Risk assessments
- Participation in Bodies
- BfR Laboratories
- Federal Bureau for Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
- German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (BfR3)
- BfR Committees
- National Breastfeeding Committee
- EFSA Focal Point
1 November 2002 as a body under public law within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
3 locations in Berlin
Main location: Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10 (Berlin-Jungfernheide)
President’s office: Alt-Marienfelde 17-21
Additional Institute buildings: Diedersdorfer Weg 1
Number of employees: 1.151 (2021)
For its statutory tasks, the BfR had a budget of € 119 million in 2021
Third-party funding € 6.7 million
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 products, 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 2021, BfR carried out approximately 635.678 risk assessments (changed data collection since 2019).
In 2021 BfR was involved in 64 EU projects and 47 projects of the German Research Society (DFG) and other federal agencies. The BfR is also the German focal point for EFSA and participates in 10 international cooperation projects in the areas of training and capacity building.
In 2021, BfR scientists serve on 314 national and 190 European and 96 international bodies.
The following are attached to BfR:
National Reference Laboratories (NRL)
21 NRLs. 15 of the NRLs are from the fields of food safety, genetically modified organisms, food hygiene, zoonotic agents and antibiotics resistance monitoring and the Senior Expert Office for Wine.
Federal Bureau for Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
Responsible for the national and international coordination and harmonisation of GLP-relevant questions and for the monitoring of GLP test institutes inside and outside Germany
German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (BfR3)
The BfR performs the role of the "German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R)" and coordinates all associated activities nationwide with the goal of
- Reducing animal experiments to the necessary minimum
- Providing the best possible protection for laboratory animals.
13 Committees advise the Institute. In Germany they draw together the available expertise and then input it into international bodies. This guarantees rapid access to an expert network not just during a crisis.
EFSA Focal Point
Its task is to coordinate the exchange of scientific information between the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the public institutions responsible for food and feed safety in Germany and stakeholders from the business community, science and consumer associations.