As a company of the Republic of Austria, we have been committed to the health of humans, animals and plants for 20 years. Our two managing directors and our employees in 6 business areas, 3 departments and 9 staff units and support areas perform the tasks defined in the Health and Food Safety Act (GESG) in the fields of public health, animal health, food safety, drug safety, food security, radiation protection, risk assessment, risk communication and research .
In addition, we provide 3 federal agencies(Federal Office for Food Safety - BAES, Federal Office for Safety in Health Care - BASG and Federal Office for Consumer Health - BAVG, which operate in the fields of agriculture, drug safety and consumer health, respectively) with all the resources they need to perform their duties. Our Supervisory Board ensures that we carry out our activities in the best possible way and in the interests of Austrians.
As one of the leading European experting organizations, we contribute to minimizing the risks as well as to safeguarding the food basis.
AGES stands for safe, high-quality food and medicines as well as healthy nutrition. From the soil to the plate, we ensure the health of humans, animals and plants.
Dr. Anton Reinl DI Dr. Thomas Kickinger
Food Security, headed by DI Charlotte Leonhardt Radiation Protection, headed by DI Dr. Christian Katzlberger Animal Health, headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll Public Health, headed by Dr. Bernhard Benka Food Safety, headed by Mag. Dr. Friedrich Sövegjarto Medical Market Surveillance, headed by DI Dr. Christa Wirthumer-Hoche
Data Statistics and Integrative Risk Assessment, Head Univ.-Doz. DI Dr. Klemens Fuchs Risk Communication, Head Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Ingrid Kiefer Knowledge Transfer, Applied Research, AGES Academy, Management Mag. DI DDr. Alois Leidwein
AGES Business Services - Staff units
Internal Audit, headed by Gabriele Jell-Wiesinger, MMSc, MBA Legal and Insurance, headed by MMag. Dr. Gerald Benesch Tobacco Coordination Office, headed by DI Dr. Thomas Kickinger Integrated Management System, headed by Ing. Markus Hoffmann Strategy, Innovation and Project Coordination, headed by Mag. (FH) Mag. Dr. Elisabeth Lummerstorfer IT Services, headed by Ing. Gottfried Scheck, BSc, MSc Finance, headed by Georg Schönberger, MBA Human Resources, headed by Matthias Krumscheid Facility Management and Purchasing, headed by Ing. Stefan Frank
Our company in figures (2021)
Established June 1, 2002 as a limited liability company. Wholly owned by the Republic of Austria, represented by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism.
Locations 6 locations in Austria
Personnel 1,601 total employees (60 % women) Experts represented on more than 1,000 national and international committees
Management 11 members of the supervisory board 2 managing directors 17 persons in management level 1 49 persons in management level 2
Key financial figures Revenues: EUR 77.7 million Basic federal grant: EUR 71.7 million
AGES research Research infrastructure 92 national reference laboratories/centres & official monitoring laboratories 3 high security laboratories (2 L3 laboratories, 1 L3+ laboratory) 1 EU reference laboratory
Research 104 Ongoing R&D projects 31 Completed R&D projects
Knowledge transfer 114 Education & training events 8.568 participants:Inside 535 Lectures & Presentations 197 Popular Scientific Publications 91 Scientific Publications
EU Knowledge Transfer Projects EU-FORA: European Food Risk Assessment Fellowship Programme EU Support to acquis alignment and capacity building of veterinary sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina
AGES analyzes 949,659 samples 1,818,759 tests 1,104 accredited methods 78 National Reference Laboratories (NRL) 19 National Reference Centres (NRZ) 12 State Laboratories with Special Tasks (STL) 1 Official Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL) 1 European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) AGES evaluates 41,846 expert opinions 91 risk assessments or scientific opinions for food, drinking water, cosmetics, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), tobacco and medical devices
AGES communicates 3,580,686 visits to AGES website 24,431 media mentions 53 product recalls/product warnings or safety information 38 press releases 30 videos produced in-house 306 Facebook postings 454 tweets
Last updated: 20.01.2022