Statement on accessibility

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) makes every effort to make its website e-accessible in accordance with national legislation implementing Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

This website was redesigned and revised in late April 2020. The new website will be submitted to a BITV (Ordinance on Accessible Information Technology) test soon and the test result will be published at this juncture.

Not all of the documents offered for downloading are fully accessible. Many documents are old documents where the initial document is no longer available. These documents will not be post-edited. We have set ourselves the goal of in future offering accessible PDF files as far as is possible and expedient, or to provide content in HTML format. You can see whether a document is already accessible by reading the corresponding description text. Files that have not yet been converted are marked as "not fully accessible", accessible/partially accessible files as "accessible".

Should you require content from older documents in a form accessible to you, please contact us using this contact form. We will try to make the content available to you by other means to the extent possible.

Feedback on accessibility

Have you noticed any shortcomings with regard to accessibility to the content of Then you are welcome to contact us. Please contact us using the contact form intended for this purpose.

You can also contact us by mail or by phone:

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)


Bonn Office

Visitor's address: Rochusstraße 1, D-53123 Bonn
Postal address: P.O. Box 14 02 70, D-53107 Bonn
Telephone: +49 228 / 9 95 29 - 0
Fax: 02 28 / 9 95 29 - 42 62

Berlin Office

Visitor's address: Wilhelmstraße 54, D-10117 Berlin
Postal address: 11055 Berlin
Telephone: +49 228 / 1 85 29 - 0
Fax: +49 30 / 1 85 29 - 42 62

Arbitration procedure

The Federal Government Commissioner For Matters relating to Disabled Persons offers an arbitration service set up in accordance with Section 16 of the German Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (BGG). The purpose of this arbitration service is to settle disputes which arise between persons with disabilities and federal public authorities.

If you feel that you are being disadvantaged because is insufficiently accessible, please contact the BGG Arbitration Service:

Please go to the Website of the Arbitration Service to find comprehensive information about the arbitration procedure. There you can find information on how an arbitration procedure works and how you can submit an application requesting the initiation of an arbitration procedure. The application may also be submitted in easy read or German sign language.

The arbitration service can be reached at the following address:

Schlichtungsstelle nach dem Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz
bei dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderungen
Mauerstraße 53
10117 Berlin

Tel.: +49 / (0)30 / 18 527 - 2805

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