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last update: 2017-07-31

Germany is member state of the European Union (EU). It consists of 16 federal states (Bundesländer). Legislation is devided between the European Parliament, the Federal parliament (Bundestag) and parliaments of the federal states.

Federal administrational duties are mainly directed to national and international harmonisation, cooperation between federal states and development of guidelines.

Federal Ministries in Germany have changed their name and duties in the last decade. Responsibilities for toxicological topic are widely distributed between the ministries and allocated Institutes listed below.

  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, BMEL)
    11055 Berlin; Phone: +49 (0) 30 1 85 29 - 0
    (English --- http://www.bmel.de/EN/Homepage/homepage_node.html
    German --- http://www.bmel.de/DE/Startseite/startseite_node.html)
    The BMELV was renamed in 2013 (formerly BMELV, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection) and has many responsibilities in control of food, agriculture and rural development. Consumer Protection is now part of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

  • Following the von Wedel advisory opinion, risk assessment and risk management is devided between two federal agency in Germany since 2002:

    • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung)
      Main location: Berlin-Jungfernheide, Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10, D-10589 Berlin
      (English --- http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/home.html
      German --- http://www.bfr.bund.de/de/start.html
      The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) was founded 2002. It prepares expert reports and opinions on questions of food safety and consumer health protection on the basis of internationally recognised scientific risk assessment criteria.
      'BfR reports to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).' According to the BfR website (2009-11-24) '... it enjoys independence in respect of its scientific assessments and research.'

    • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit)
      Bundesallee 50, Gebäude 247, D-38116 Braunschweig
      (English --- http://www.bvl.bund.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html
      German --- http://www.bvl.bund.de/DE/Home/homepage_node.html)
      The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) exercises several duties with which it contributes to safer food, feed and commodities in Germany (risk management). It is responsible for the authorisation of plant protection products,veterinary drugs, feed additives and genetically modified organisms.

  • Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, BMAS)
    D-10117 Berlin
    (English --- http://www.bmas.de/EN/Home/home.html
    German --- http://www.bmas.de/DE/Startseite/start.html)
    Among many responsibilities on economical topics this ministry is liable for occupational safety in Germany.

  • Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit, BMUB)
    Robert-Schuman-Platz 3, D-53175 Bonn
    (English --- http://www.bmub.bund.de/en/
    German --- http://www.bmub.bund.de/)

    Activities in the fields of and responsibility for protection of human health against hazardous substances, prevention of hazardous incidence in industrial plants and many other talks related to environmental questions

    • Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN)
      Konstantinstr. 110, D-53179 Bonn
      (English --- http://www.bfn.de/index+M52087573ab0.html
      German --- http://www.bfn.de)
      The BfN is the central federal administration for international and national aspects of nature conservation.

    • Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt)
      Wörlitzer Platz 1, D-06844 Dessau
      (English --- http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en
      German --- http://www.umweltbundesamt.de
      The Federal Environmental Agency provides support to the BMU, in particular at a scientific and technical level in the fields of air pollution control, noise abatement, waste and water management, soil protection and environmental chemicals, in particular in the drawing up of statutory and administrative provisions.

    • Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz)
      Willy-Brandt-Straße 5, D-38226 Salzgitter
      (English --- http://www.bfs.de/EN/home/home_node.html
      German --- http://www.bfs.de/DE/home/home_node.html
      BfS is responsible for safety and protection of man and the environment against damages due to ionising and non-ionising radiation. Of special importance are the defence against immediate hazards, the precautions for the protection of the general public, persons employed in the working world as well as patients in the medical field.

  • Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit,BMG)
    D-53107 Bonn, D- 10117 Berlin
    (English --- https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/en.html
    German --- https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/

    The Bundesministerium für Gesundheit located in Bonn and in Berlin is acting in all fields of health and medicine, e.g. medical drugs, prevention, health insurance, as well as protection of comsumer and veterinary medicine.

    Authorization and registration of drugs, collection and evaluation of side effects of drugs and medical devices.

    The DIMDI is hosting about 90 databases for access via the internet, part of which are freely accessible to the public after entering into a contract. The DIMDI cooperates with the central medical library in Cologne and thus provides full text archive information of literature by charge.

  • Committee for Occupational Safety and Safety Technology of the Federal States (Länderausschuss für Arbeitsschutz und Sicherheitstechnik)
    Behörde für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz, Billstraße 80, D-20539 Hamburg
    (German only --- http://www.lasi-info.com/start/?no_cache=1)