The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) is an independent higher federal authority within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Health. The main tasks of the BfArM are licensing and registration of medicinal products, authorisation of clinical trials, recording and assessment of risks associated with medicinal products and medical devices as well as control of the (legal) trade with narcotic drugs. The BfArM is involved in the development of regulatory and scientific standards and guidelines. It also provides scientific advice for government authorities and information for expert groups and the general public.
Own scientific research is an integral task of the BfArM. It supports the scientific expertise of the Institute both internally and externally. A key objective of our research concept is the combination of regulatory work and research to take advantage of synergistic effects. Research work also opens new perspectives for the scientific staff of the institute. Scientific projects at the BfArM are focused on certain defined main research areas. They are internationally competitive and meet high quality standards. It supports the Institute's role as one of the leading drug regulatory authorities in Europe.