BAM sets global standards for safety. Safety creates markets.

The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) is a senior scientific and technical Federal institute with responsibility to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It tests, researches and advises to protect people, the environment and material goods.

Safety creates markets. BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry for Germany and for its global markets, to further develop the successful "Made in Germany" culture of quality. BAM fulfils this role through its dedicated employees.

BAM's roles and responsibilities

According to its founding decree, BAM is responsible for the

  • further development of safety in technology and chemistry
  • implementation and evaluation of physical and chemical tests of materials and facilities, including the preparation of reference processes and reference materials
  • promotion of knowledge and technology transfer within the BAM's areas of work
  • cooperation in the development of statutory regulations, for example concerning the setting of safety standards and limits
  • advice to the Federal Government, industry, and national and international organisations in the fields of material technology and chemistry.

BAM is the successor organisation to the Staatliches Materialprüfungsamt [National Materials Testing Office], founded in 1871, and the Chemisch-Technische Reichsanstalt [Chemical-Technical State Institute], founded in 1920.