AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Ltd.

Teke des Kundenkontaktcenters der AGES

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is a company of the Republic of Austria, owned by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. AGES was founded on 1st June, 2002.

AGES supports the management of the federal ministries and the two federal agencies subordinated to it in questions relating to public health, animal health, food safety, medical and drug safety, food security and consumer protection along the food chain by providing professional and independent scientific expertise (as stated in Article 8 of the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act).


Teke des Kundenkontaktcenters der AGES

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is a company of the Republic of Austria, owned by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. AGES was founded on 1st June, 2002.

AGES supports the management of the federal ministries and the two federal agencies subordinated to it in questions relating to public health, animal health, food safety, medical and drug safety, food security and consumer protection along the food chain by providing professional and independent scientific expertise (as stated in Article 8 of the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act).


Business of AGES

The range of activities undertaken by AGES encompasses the registration and control of agricultural supplies (seeds, plant protection products, feedstuffs, etc.), food inspections, the prevention and control of animal diseases and infectious diseases in humans, as well as the supervision and registration of pharmaceuticals and medical products.

AGES detects health risks, evaluates and communicates them and develops recommendations for risk minimisation for its two shareholders, the Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs (BMGF) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW).

Its duties derive from the requirements defined in the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act (Austrian Federal Law Gazette I Nb. 63/2002 as amended), the relevant laws it includes (such as the Austrian Food Safety and Consumer Protection Act) and all applicable European regulations.

Mission

Our mission: Protection

AGES is the leading expert organisation in risk minimisation in health, food safety, as well as consumer protection.

Our responsibility: Austria

AGES is a limited liability company and wholly-owned by the Republic of Austria. AGES provides services defined by the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act (GESG), the relevant laws included and the appropriate European regulations on behalf of the Republic.

Our tool: Knowledge

AGES takes an interdisciplinary approach, using bundled, scientifically sound expert knowledge. AGES is a partner in national and international networks.

Our competence: Integrated solutions

The AGES service range encompasses analysis, assessment, supervision, certification and registration. We work in accordance with the principles of risk analysis to ensure the highest possible health, food safety and consumer protection levels possible within our sphere of influence: we evaluate risks, conduct risk communication, give risk management recommendations and manage risks for authorities.

Healthy life for humans, animals and plants!

Vision

AGES stands for safe, high-quality food and pharmaceuticals, as well as for healthy nutrition. We ensure health for humans, animals and plants from the farm to the fork. As one of Europe’s leading expert organisations, AGES strives to minimise risks within its sphere of influence and ensure food safety and security.

Healthy life for humans, animals and plants!



Annual Reports

The expert staff working at AGES are able to identify and assess hazards so that the risks to humans, animals and plants, soil and water can be reduced and minimised in the best possible way. The uppermost aim is to protect man and the environment as well as to ensure that foodstuff, animal fodder and medicines are all safe. To this end, AGES staff from the fields of human and veterinary medicine, analytics and statistics, agriculture, pharmacology and risk assessments are actively working in six different locations across the whole of Austria.

Their work is based on well-founded scientific evidence, monitoring data collected across the EU and state of the art knowledge and technology.

These basic elements all combine to help develop solutions that are available for use in a political, governmental and economic context, as well as by consumers.

The 2015 Annual Report provides an overview of the many and varied activities and services provided by AGES and a retrospective on the issues AGES was mainly involved in during 2015.

Annual Reports

Federal Offices

AGES itself is not a federal authority and, therefore, cannot enforce official rulings. As a result, two authorities have been assigned to AGES:

the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES), and

the Federal Office for Safety in Healthcare (BASG).

These two authorities are also defined in the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act (GESG) Article 6. (1) and 6a. (1) and have all the sovereign, legal functions and powers of a federal authority. AGES provides both federal offices with the resources they require, such as staff and services (Articles 6 and 6a GESG), to carry out their duties.

Federal Office for Food Safety

The Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) is subordinate to the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. Its official duties cover the controlling and registration of seeds, feedstuffs, fertilisers and plant protection products. BAES is also responsible for export and import controls on plants and plant products, as well as seeds, in addition to the registration, authorisation and supervision of manufacturers. Moreover, BAES monitors the accuracy of consumer information on products from fisheries and aquaculture suppliers.

Federal Office for Safety in Healthcare

The Federal Office for Safety in Healthcare (BASG) is subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs and carries out its official duties in the fields of control and registration of pharmaceuticals and medical products. The AGES Austrian Medicines and Medical Devices Agency provides the federal office with services, staff and facilities.

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