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Federal Office for Chemicals

The Federal Office for Chemicals (BfC) is a Division of BAuA and is responsible for the implementation of statutory rules in chemicals legislation. This page provides information on the BfC's work to protect humans and the environment against hazardous chemicals.

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An overview of the BfC's tasks:

  • helpdesk for REACH, CLP and biocidal products (REACH-CLP-Biozid Helpdesk);
  • assessment of chemicals and risk management within the scope of REACH;
  • implementation of the EU regulation on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP);
  • assessment of biocidal active substances and authorisation of biocidal products;
  • effectiveness evaluation of biocidal products;
  • notification of biocidal products in accordance with the Biocide Notification Ordinance (ChemBiozidMeldeV);
  • implementation of the procedures set out by the CFC Regulation, the Export/Import Regulation (PIC Procedure) and the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation;
  • liaising with the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and competent authorities of other Member States;
  • coordination of other higher federal authorities involved in the procedures as well as the exchange of information with the enforcement authorities of the federal states.


Other Tasks of BfC

PIC Regulation

PIC stands for prior informed consent. The PIC Regulation governs the import and export of hazardous chemicals.

Find out more : Information on the PIC Regulation …

Substances that are hazardous to the ozone layer

Information on the import, export, manufacture and use of substances that are hazardous to the ozone layer

Find out more : Substances that are hazardous to the ozone layer …


Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre Postbox 17 02 02 D-44061 Dortmund Germany
Phone: +49 231 9071-1971 Fax: +49 231 9071-2070

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Federal Office for Chemicals

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division 5 "Federal Office for Chemicals" Postbox 17 02 02 D-44061 Dortmund, Germany
Fax: +49 231 9071-2679

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