Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

About BAM
Test in one of the fire test stands at the BAM Test Site Technical Safety

Who or what is BAM?
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.
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.

The mission of Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) is to ensure a safe and environmentally friendly use of modern technologies. Our research, testing, approval and regulation activities are intended to promote safety in engineering and chemistry. As a superior federal authority and research institute of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) with 1700 employees, we execute national and international responsibilities, cooperate with universities and non-university research and support young academics.