Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment), Germany
Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment of Germany is a scientifically oriented and independent superior federal authority responsible to the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture. The institute holds an important task in improving consumer health protection and food safety. The risk assessments are to be presented in a transparent and comprehensive manner to the general public. BfR engages in scientific cooperation with international institutions and organizations and is the national contact point of EFSA.
The BfR is involved in the development and standardization of methods for analysis and sampling of microorganisms and genetically modified organisms, food and animal feed. Several National Reference Laboratories are part of the Institute, such as National Reference Laboratories for Campylobacter, Escherichia coli (including VTEC), Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and antibiotic resistance.
For chemical analysis BfR is equipped with analytical instruments including isotope ratio mass spectrometers, NMR and FT-IR spectrometers and hosts several national analytical reference laboratories, which employ chromatographic hyphenated techniques (GC, LC-MS).
The BfR is coordinating the SPICED project and contributes to the workpackages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6