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Specific inquiries

Whenever possible, please check the BfArM internet pages prior to sending your e-mail as to whether you can locate the required information there.
You may find especially our FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions pages as well as the "Sitemap" and "Search" functions helpful.Please use the contact form, this will help us refer your inquiry to the appropriate contact person and shorten processing periods.In order for you to receive a response to your questions, you will be required to state your postal address in addition to your e-mail address. The BfArM reserves the right not to respond to inquiries sent anonymously (e.g. without statement of address and landline telephone number).
Pursuant to the legal requirements, the data you transmit will be stored in parts electronically or as hardcopy. These records are deleted or destroyed after expiry of the statutory period of record keeping. In compliance with the privacy protection your personal data are treated confidentially. Should it become necessary in order to respond to your inquiry, the information you have entered will be forwarded to the responsible person(s) within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Health or to the competent authority of the "Land". Aside from this, however, your data will not be transmitted to third parties outside the Institute or used for other purposes than for those communicated to you in the response to your inquiry.

Please bear in mind that fees and expenses can be charged in case of more complicated written advice. However, should the BfArM intend to collect such charges you will always be contacted before incurring such costs.

Should you encounter technical problems with the BfArM internet pages please contact our webmaster (internet@bfarm.de)

Inquiries from the public

The BfArM is not permitted to give individual medical advice or to make recommendations with regard to diagnosis or treatment. Too many factors have a bearing on such issues and they can therefore only be addressed appropriately in the personal contact between physician and patient.
Likewise, the BfArM is not permitted to give judicial advice in connection with legal cases.
Due to the amount of inquiries that reach us every day, delayed responses are not unusual.

In accordance with the Federal Freedom of Information Act (Informationsfreiheitsgesetz (IFG)) the public is granted access to official federal information provided certain prerequisites are fulfilled. Further information on the Federal Freedom of Information Act can be found on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMI). Corresponding fees are regulated in the ordinance on fees payable under the Federal Freedom of Information Act (Informationsgebühren­verordnung (IFGGebV)).

Job Applications

If you wish to apply for a job at the BfArM please do not use this contact form but send your application to the Human Resources Unit ("Personalreferat") by regular mail (at the address given above).

Note on the handling of electronic mail:

For safety reasons the BfArM does not send any notifications (bounce messages) to senders of e-mails that were falsely addressed to BfArM or are undeliverable. We kindly request you to refrain from routine inquiries as to receipt of your e-mail.