The purpose of the VFA is to promote occupational safety by taking or supporting all appropriate measures to ensure that the specifications required in the context of harmonization in Europe, particularly in the field of standardization, are planned, drawn up, implemented and monitored in full compliance with the legal acts and decisions of the European Union.
The members (pdf) (only available in German) of the VFA are the German statutory accident insurance institutions. The organs of the VFA (the Executive Board and the Members' Meeting) are the same as those of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).
The tasks of the VFA include the promotion and conducting of projects and measures which are conducive to occupational safety and health. For this purpose, it co-operates with public authorities, organizations and institutions with similar goals at national, European and international level.
The Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization (KAN) is a project of the VFA. The German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) supports the financing of KAN by assuming 49% of its funding.