AGES’s main tasks comprise examinations and assessments according to the regulations stated in the Austrian Food Act, among others. Human and veterinary examinations are also part of the programme to prevent and combat the spread of communicable and non-communicable diseases in the local population. Clean agricultural facilities and the ensuring of Austria’s competitiveness are further contributions made by AGES to food safety, in addition to the absence of animal epidemics. AGES examines the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceuticals and medical products to protect sick people.
AGES evaluates risks, provides risk communications, gives risk management recommendations and carries out risk management in the public sector in line with Austrian Health and Food Safety Act. These diverse activities are provided in six strategic divisions and three inter-divisional departments.