The Federal Office for Food Safety was established by the Health and Food Safety Act - GESG (Federal Law Gazette I No. 63/2002 as amended). It is assigned to Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH (AGES) and, in accordance with § 6 (5) GESG, must make use of the funds available to AGES for the execution of sovereign tasks.


DI Dr. Thomas Kickinger
Josefine Sinkovits (Deputy Director)

Monitoring and control department

DI Dr. Thomas Kickinger

Department Legal Services, Admission & Certification, Communication

Josefine Sinkovits, Mag.

Amtszeiten und Parteienverkehr

In den Parteienverkehrszeiten haben Parteien die Möglichkeit, Akteneinsicht zu nehmen und gegen Entgelt Aktenabschriften (Kopien) anzufertigen. Gemäß § 13 Abs. 5 AVG legt das BAES folgende Amtsstunden und für den Parteienverkehr bestimmte Zeiten fest:

Montag bis Donnerstag        9.00 - 15.00 Uhr
                     Freitag                 9.00 - 12.00 Uhr


In addition to the Director and his deputy in the operational area, BAES consists of the two departments "Supervision and Control" and "Legal Service, Licensing, Certification and Communication". The respective technical responsibilities can be found in the rules of procedure and the division of business.

Pursuant to § 6 Para. 1 GESG, BAES is responsible for the implementation of the following material laws in their respective valid version, together with the relevant national legal provisions and European legal requirements:

Pursuant to § 6 (3) GESG, BAES must apply the administrative procedure laws (in particular the AVG, VStG, EGVG and VVG) as amended when performing its duties as an authority.

BAES is a subordinate agency of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management pursuant to Section 6 (2) GESG. In order to carry out the sovereign tasks listed in § 6 para. 1 GESG, BAES must also make use of the resources available to the Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH (hereinafter referred to as AGES), employ technically competent control bodies and issue them with an appropriate identity document for this purpose. BAES is required to pay a fee in accordance with a tariff (§ 57 AVG), which BAES is required to set at a cost-covering level with the approval of the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism and the Federal Minister of Finance, for the activities of BAES in connection with the execution of the sovereign tasks listed above. In administrative criminal proceedings, the offender's knowledge of the offence must be accompanied by an administrative penalty and fees must be imposed; these fees must be paid directly to the Federal Office for Food Safety. Pursuant to § 6 (7) GESG, BAES must publish official notices and make them available to the relevant public in an appropriate form. In the "Amtliche Nachrichten des Bundesamtes für Ernährungssicherheit" the following shall be published in particular: 1. announcements on the basis of the abovementioned federal laws, 2. the tariff Experts of the Commission and of the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management may accompany the inspection bodies in carrying out activities within the framework of the abovementioned federal laws.

Unabhängigkeit, Unparteilichkeit und Integrität

Die MitarbeiterInnen des BAES sind in einem aufrechten Dienstverhältnis mit der AGES GmbH. In § 9 Abs 1 Z 1 GESG ist für AGES die Verpflichtung zur Wahrung von Objektivität und Unparteilichkeit bei Wahrnehmung ihrer Aufgaben explizit gesetzlich verankert. Im Rahmen des Vollzuges des GESG, aber auch auf Basis einzelner materiengesetzlicher Bestimmungen, haben die MitarbeiterInnen der AGES die Grundsätze der Unabhängigkeit, Objektivität und Unparteilichkeit zu wahren.

Zusätzlich ist AGES und Ihre MitarbeiterInnen aufgrund der Akkreditierung als Konformitätsbewertungsstelle nach EN ISO/IEC 17025, EN ISO/IEC 17020 bzw. EN ISO/IEC 17065 zur Wahrung und Sicherstellung von Unabhängigkeit und Integrität verpflichtet.


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