Missions of the Institut für Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung (IFA)

Pie chart with percentaged working capacity according to task in 2016

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Working capacity of IFA according to tasks in 2016
Source: IFA

(Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance)

The IFA supports the German Social Accident Insurance Institutions and their organisations particularly in solving scientific and technical problems relating to safety and health protection at work; the IFA does so by means of

  • research, development and investigations
  • testing of products and material samples
  • workplace measurements and advice
  • participation in standardisation and regulation setting bodies
  • technical information and expertise

In addition, the IFA works on behalf of manufacturers and companies within the framework of

  • product testing and certification
  • certification of quality management systems

Additional information

IFA's Annual reports (in German only)

Tasks in 2016:

  • 30% Consultancy
  • 28% Research, investigation, development
  • 25% Analyses
  • 11% Testing and certification
  • 6% Technical and non-technical infrastructure