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BASG - Federal Office for Safety in Health Care / AGES MEA - Austrian Medicines and Medical Devices Agency

As of January 2, 2006, the BASG commenced its work as the national authority for medicines, medical devices, blood and tissue together with the  Austrian Medicines and Medical Devices Agency, a business division of the Austrian Agency for Health and FoodSafety (AGES MEA, until January 1, 2012 AGES PharmMed); prior to this, it was spun off from the Federal Ministry of Health and Women's Affairs (BMGF).

The BASG has been entrusted with a large number of tasks in the fields of drug approval, clinical trials of drugs and medical devices, pharmacovigilance and vigilance in the field of medical devices and inspection and is responsible for which drugs are newly approved in Austria. The BASG monitors -  nationally and in concert with the European sister agencies - the medicinal products and medical devices already on the market with regard to their efficacy, any side effects, their production, transport and storage.

The BASG also performs blood and tissue vigilance tasks.

AGES has close organizational ties with BASG. It provides the Federal Office with services, personnel and buildings.

The employees of AGES MEA shall act on behalf of the BASG during the sovereign execution.

Legal basis: Health and Food Safety Act

Official hours and customer service

Pursuant to § 13 para 5 of the General Administrative Procedure Act 1991, the following office hours and customer service are announced for the Federal Office for Safety in Health Care:

Monday until Thursday9.00 - 15.00 h
Friday9.00 - 12.00 h

Structure of the BASG

The BASG consists of three members

ChairSC Dr. Katharina Reich
1. substitute memberDI Dr. Martin Renhardt
2. substitute memberMag. Daniel D'Orlando
Procedural Member                         Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Günter Waxenecker, MDRA
1. substitute memberMag. Thomas Reichhart
2. substitute memberDipl.-Ing. Dr. Ronald Bauer
Member        Dr. Gerhard Beck
1. substitute memberMag. Andreas Kraßnigg
2. substitute memberDr. Christoph Baumgärtel
Head of the office of the BASGMag. Thomas Reichhart


The Federal Office for Safety in Health Care (BASG) is entrusted with the execution of sovereign tasks.

The BASG is an authority subordinate to the BMG. The Federal Office consists of three members appointed by the Federal Minister. One member each from the BMG and AGES was appointed. The third member is the head of AGES MEA.

The AGES MEA provides two members of the Federal Office.

AGES MEA as a division of AGES

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is the leading expert organisation for risk minimisation in the fields of health, food safety and consumer protection. AGES is wholly owned by the Republic of Austria and is divided into several strategic business and specialist divisions to fulfil its tasks.

The Austrian Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (AGES MEA) is responsible for all operational tasks of the BASG; the employees of AGES MEA act on behalf of the BASG.

The client and owner of AGES MEA is the Republic of Austria, represented by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG).

Structure of the AGES MEA

Head of AGES MEA

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Günter Waxenecker, MDRA

Heads of the Institutes of the AGES MEA

Institute Marketing Authorisation & Lifecycle ManagementHead: Mag. Dr. Peter Platzer
Institute Assessment & AnalyticsHead: Dr. Gerhard Beck
Institute SurveillanceHead: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Ronald Bauer

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