Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit (AGES)

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is a company of the Republic of Austria, owned by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. AGES was founded on 1st June, 2002.

AGES supports the management of the federal ministries and the two federal agencies subordinated to it in questions relating to public health, animal health, food safety, medical and drug safety, food security and consumer protection along the food chain by providing professional and independent scientific expertise (as stated in Article 8 of the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act).


AGES is the leading expert organisation in risk minimisation in health, food safety, as well as consumer protection.


AGES stands for safe, high-quality food and pharmaceuticals, as well as for healthy nutrition. We ensure health for humans, animals and plants from the farm to the fork. As one of Europe’s leading expert organisations, AGES strives to minimise risks within its sphere of influence and ensure food safety and security.

Healthy life for humans, animals and plants!

Main duties

We check, approve, consult and research:

  • to ensure nutritional fundamentals
  • to keep livestock healthy and animal feed safe
  • to keep food safe
  • to protect humans from infectious and food-related diseases
  • to ensure safe and effective medicines and medical devices
  • to ensure safe cosmetics and items for every-day use

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Participating countries