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On 9 March 2018 a stakeholder workshop takes place in Brussels on a project on behalf of the European Commission, DG Environment.
The project „Approaches and tools to support consumer exposure assessment under REACH” focus on the communication of information on consumer exposure under REACH. In their REACH dossiers registrants use information on substance properties and use conditions in order to demonstrate safe use of consumer products. This projects aims at improving how these data are communicated in the supply chain. FoBiG supports project partners The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Risk and Policy Analysts Ltd. (RPA) in this project.

For further information, please contact Klaus Schneider.

FoBiG staff members Jan Oltmanns and Marie-Léonie Bohlen have published an article on a novel approach for the identification of potential emerging risks in the food chain together with colleagues from Fraunhofer ITEM, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) staff as well as their external experts. The article „Development of a novel scoring system for identifying emerging chemical risks in the food chain“ is included in the themed collection "Modeling in Environmental Chemistry“ of the journal „Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts". The paper is based on an EFSA-sponsored project performed between 2014 and 2016 (the final report is available here) and also discusses possible areas of application of the approach developed.

For further information, please contact Jan Oltmanns.

In the 50th edition of the Joint Ministerial Gazette (GMBl, Date: 30.11.2017), the occupational exposure limit values (OELs) revised by FoBiG on behalf of the DGUV have been published and are now legally valid in Germany. These OELs are used within the reciprocal calculation procedure (RCP) for the evaluation of hydrocarbon solvent mixtures. In addition, the last issue of 2017 of the journal „Gefahrstoffe - Reinhaltung der Luft“ (Air Quality Control) published the first part of a two-part publication on this topic. It describes how the new occupational exposure limits were derived.

“The Times They Are A-Changin” (Bob Dylan)

At the end of 2017 we look back: On our 25th Anniversary Workshop in June – many thanks to
all of you, who celebrated together with us in Oberbergen – and on many exiting projects, e.g.
REACH registration and authorisation works, harmonised classification and labelling proposals,
assessment of rubber crumb in artificial turf, and the impact assessment on the Carcinogens and
Mutagens Directive 2004/37/EC, just to mention some.
2018 will bring an important change: Fritz Kalberlah, the founder of FoBiG, and Martin Hassauer
will retire and leave the company and the next generation will step in: Ulrike Schuhmacher-
Wolz, Karin Heine, Markus Schwarz and Eva Kaiser will become company partners. This is reason
enough to freeze that moment in a picture. So, no brainteaser this year, but possibly again
in 2018?
We wish you a well-deserved break, a relaxing Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year!

The revision of the ECHA Guidance on PBT/vPvB Assessment published in June 2017 (Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment, Chapter R.11) introduces new screening criteria for the assessment of bioaccumulation in air-breathing terrestrial organisms, consisting of a combination of partition coefficients for octanol-water (Kow) and for octanol-air (Koa): log Kow > 2 und log Koa > 5. Log Koa is not an information requirement under the REACH Regulation and therefore has to be measured or estimated separately. Current work by FoBiG suggests that a considerable fraction of the substances registered under the REACH Regulation may fulfil the new screening criteria for bioaccumulation in air-breathing terrestrial organisms.

For further information please contact Jan Oltmanns.