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The BMEL's research institutions

The BMEL has streamlined and technically well-organised research institutions; their research provides a foundation on which the ministry can form opinions and make specific decisions.

The institutions comprise the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the German Biomass Research Centre and four federal research institutes. Innovative research and competent scientific policy support are closely linked tasks and are integral to the work of these institutions.

The four federal research institutes are the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (FLI), Max Rubner Institute (MRI) and Thünen Institute (TI); they draw up scientific decision aids for the BMEL in the fields of food, agricultural, forestry, fisheries and consumer policy. They broaden the state of the art in their fields for the common good. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) also conducts research into health-related consumer protection.

The ministry is also supported by six Leibniz institutes, which conduct applied research and complement the technical spectrum of the above research institutions. These institutions from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Association (WGL) are supported by the BMEL; their scientific findings are used for the ministry's consultation requirements.

The BMEL departmental research does not confine itself to addressing national issues, but also covers European and global topics. Research is, for example, also conducted to further the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, to fight global hunger, and to fulfil international agreements. BMEL's departmental research bodies participate in many EU cooperative projects, work within European and international bodies, and have alliances with international research institutions.

The ministry needs a scientific foundation for its work. The research findings are made available to the public. This means that consumers, practitioners in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors, the business community, and people living in rural areas all benefit from BMEL research.

If the departmental research bodies do not have the capacity, or do not have sufficient capacity, to work on topics relevant to policy consultation, the BMEL can also finance research assignments carried out by third parties.

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