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The reciprocal calculation procedure (RCP), which is designed to establish occupational exposure limits for refined hydrocarbon solvent vapour mixtures, was updated by FoBiG in a project funded by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). The proposal includes restructuring of hydrocarbon groups, lower hydrocarbon group guidance values (GGV) based on available data and exclusion of various substances from GGV. First results will be presented in a poster at the Occupational health research conference in April 2015 in Nancy. Have a look at the programme.

Currently, protection of drinking water is not explicitly addressed of European chemicals regulation under REACH. In cooperation and by financial support of the German Environmental Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt, Dessau, Germany) FoBiG developed a concept to characterise substances as being ‘persistent’ (P), ‘mobile’ (M) and ‘toxic’ (T) in raw water. Identification of PMT substances enables avoidance and/or restriction of such chemicals. For this purpose, it was necessary to provide transparent and conclusive definitions for PMT properties. The internal project report (UBA-FKZ 371265416) was finalised in November 2014 and will be publicly available later in 2015. The project will be presented at the SETAC 2015, meeting in Barcelona, Spain. For further information please contact Fritz Kalberlah.

In collaboration with Prof. Birgit Grahl (Integrahl – Industrial ecology, Heidkamp, Germany) and Dr. Eva Schmincke (PE International, Tuebingen, Germany) FoBiG is developing an indicator to characterise potential health impact from construction products within the environmental product declaration (supplemental information according to ISO 14025). This indicator TOXSCALE applies and combines REACH derived information according to principles derived from life cycle assessment (LCA). First area of application are construction products with the option, to extend the indicator to the building level and to also integrate potential ecotoxicological impacts. The development of this first stage of TOXSCALE is sponsored by BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany. The project will be presented at the SETAC 2015, meeting in Barcelona, Spain. For further information you may contact Fritz Kalberlah.

As every year the AK Regulatorische Toxikologie of the German Society of Toxicology organises an Advanced Course as part of the annual meeting of the society, this year on the topic REACH. Based on real case studies industry and authority representatives will discuss with attendees requirements on toxicological studies and assessments. Please have a look at the programme.

Due to contradicting statements regarding the number of plant species required for an OECD 208 study („Terrestrial Plant Test: Seedling Emergence and Seedling Growth“) FoBiG sent an inquiry to the German national REACH helpdesk. The answer: at least six plant species are required for a test to be considered a valid chronic study. Find more information here.