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Cooperations at national, European and international level

The BAuA is involved in a variety of national, European and international institutions and bodies. The main focus of the cooperation projects is the BAuA's professional strategy and its implementation in the work programme, as well as the orientation towards common European goals and strategies. In addition, there is a number of cooperative priorities in the area of the exercise of sovereign functions, such as, for example, under REACH or the CLP regulation. In these procedures, the BAuA is the competent authority in the sense of the EU Directives. It acts as a national and international interface and is in exchange with the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and with competent authorities of other Member States.

Since the field of health and safety at work is almost completely covered by EU law and the strategic framework of the EU determines also national action and EU programmes beyond research, cooperation on the strategic and political level is gaining importance. For example, the BAuA is increasingly assuming responsibility in the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work of the European Commission (ACSH) and on the Administrative Board of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

Major interdisciplinary fields of activity are the European network of national occupational safety and health research institutes (PEROSH) and the cooperation with the EU-OSHA within the framework of the Focal Point network. In addition, the Federal Institute has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC) for many years and is involved in the global network "WHO Global Network of Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health".

At the national level, the BAuA uses its cooperations to maintain and improve the scientific quality of its research and development. The cooperations have been systematically developed and built on the basis of the work programme of the BAuA in recent years. The BAuA has a special interest in the regional scientific landscape of its various locations (Dortmund, Berlin, Dresden). To this end, cooperation agreements exist with various universities and other research institutions, whose aim is to strengthen the joint activities in research, teaching, practice transfer and promotion of young researchers.

The main focus of the teaching activities lies on chemical safety and toxicology, hazardous material management, occupational medicine, epidemiology, product safety and occupational safety and health legislation. Qualification work of young academics, mainly doctoral theses, but also bachelor's, master's and diploma theses as well as student internships, are supervised by BAuA scientists, partly with the participation of BAuA laboratories. The BAuA is also a training centre for the medical specialist field of "Occupational medicine" with an authorisation for further training for a period of 12 months.

Further national cooperations within the scope of research and development exist with state and federal authorities (in particular BfR, UBA, RKI, BAM), the trade associations IFA, IAG and IPA as well as the organisations of the social partners in the field of occupational safety and health.