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.

In May 2017, Regulation (EU) 2017/542 was adopted amending the CLP Regulation by Annex VIII. The new regulation obliges importers and downstream-user to notify their hazardous mixtures to EU Poison Centres. Currently, a harmonised Poison Centres Notification (PCN) format and a Unique Formula Identifiers (UFI) is under development to make notification possible. The PCN format will be fully available at the beginning of 2018. The first deadline for notifications of hazardous mixtures for consumer use is 1st January 2020.

If you have any questions regarding your obligation for notification, contact us!

A follow-up project on dossiers for harmonized classification and labelling has been granted to FoBiG by DG Environment. The project is carried out within a framework contract between a consortium led by RPA, Ltd., UK, and the European Commission. In the new project FoBiG will prepare draft CLH dossiers with proposals for harmonized classification and labelling for three additional substances. These CLH dossiers will be submitted to ECHA by Member State Competent Authorities. 

For further information please contact Klaus Schneider.