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The headquater of the institute in Berlin (Wedding). Source: RKI

The Robert Koch Institute

Tasks and Aims

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine. It is one of the most important bodies for the safeguarding of public health in Germany.

Its tasks are:

  • Identification, surveillance and prevention of diseases, especially infectious diseases
  • Monitoring and analysing long-term public health trends in Germany
  • Epidemiological and medical analyses and evaluation of highly pathogenic, highly contagious diseases which are of great significance for the public
  • Providing a scientific basis for health-related political decision making
  • Informing and advising political decision makers, the scientific sector and the general public
  • Executive tasks defined by special laws, in particular with regard to protection from infection, legislation on stem cell research, and attacks using biological agents
  • Federal health reporting.

Date: 10.09.2015