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Managing Risks – Protecting Consumers

In the area of health related consumer protection the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) aims to improve the coordination between the Federal Government and the Federal States (Bundesländer), to make the communication of risks more transparent and to manage risks before they turn into crises.

Objectives of the BVL

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The aim of the BVL is to improve coordination between the federal government and federal states in terms of consumer health protection and to manage risks before they turn into crises. More: Objectives of the BVL …


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As the competent regulatory authority, the BVL takes various measures contributing to food safety and protects cross-border economic interests of the consumer. More: Duties …


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The BVL is organised into five departments, the head office and department Z. More: Structure …


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In response to the food crises of the 1990s, including BSE, consumer health protection was restructured and in 2002 the BVL was established as the authority for risk management. More: History of the BVL …

Directions and adresses

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How to find the BVL: The BVL headquarters are in Braunschweig and there are additional offices located in Berlin. More: How to find us …


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Every year the BVL hosts several workshops and symposiums for experts and scientists and presents itself to the public on fairs and exhibitions. More: Events …

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