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The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is a government owned agency attached to the Federal Ministry for Health and to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. AGES was established on the basis of a Federal law as a private entity (limited company) with a public service mission.
The business areas of AGES are Food Security, Food Safety, Animal health, Public Health, Medicines and Medical Devices, Radiation Protection, Statistics and Risk Assessment and Research and Capacity Building. AGES is responsible for food from soil to fork, effective control and prevention of epidemics for people, animals and plants and providing effective and safe pharmaceutical products.
AGES executes federal state tasks in the areas conducts research in the areas above mentioned. AGES is recognized as "research" and "non-profit" organization according to FP7 rules for participation.
AGES operates the federal laboratories related to food and feed safety, water analysis and radiation protection, the main diagnostic laboratories related to food safety and human health, animal health and plant health. AGES’s laboratories serve as national reference laboratories according to Regulation No. (EC) 882/2004, as national reference laboratories for animal diseases (OIE), as reference center’s for infectious diseases and as official laboratories for plant health, seeds and propagating material.
AGES employs approximately 1.350 persons, of whom more than 40% are scientists or experts with academic degrees (approx. 300 PhDs and 15 university professors) in nearly all disciplines related to food and health safety.
DI. Mag. DDr. Alois Leidwein
Tel.: +43 (0)50 555 – 34853