Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung

The BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing is a senior scientific and technical Federal Institute with responsibility to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The technological productivity of the Federal Republic of Germany is based on competitive high-quality products, which are to ensure by innovative measurement and testing technology. BAM has its responsibility in

  • Advancement of safety in technology and chemistry
  • Physical and chemical inspections of materials and plants including supply of reference methods and reference materials
  • Promoting the transfer of knowledge and technology in BAM's key areas
  • Collaboration in developing legal regulations like on safety standards and threshold values
  • Consulting on safety aspects of materials technology for the Federal Government and industry.

BAM is the successor of the Public Materials Testing Office (Staatliches Materialprüfungsamt) founded in 1871 and of the Chemical-Technical State Institute (Chemisch-Technische Reichsanstalt) set up in 1920.