It is more than 30 years now from the very start of FoBiG and exactly 25 years since its foundation as limited company (GmbH) back in 1992. Good reasons to celebrate. Therefore FoBiG was hosting the “25th Anniversary Workshop - Perspectives in Regulatory Toxicology” on 16 June 2017 in Oberbergen in the Kaiserstuhl area close to Freiburg. With this workshop we gave some insights into FoBiG’s approaches to toxicological risk assessment and discussed recent scientific developments in the area of risk assessment. Workshop presentations are available for download here. And here are some photos with impressions from the workshop. Many thanks to all who celebrated with us!

FoBiG analysed on behalf of Cefic and ECPA the consequences of the different options for classification of endocrine disruptors presented in the roadmap of the European Commission and by industry in a case study with natural substances (caffeine, genistein, sucrose, vitamin D3). The results have been published in the Journal of Toxicology and Health and are now available as online publication

For further information please contact Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz.

This year’s annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC) takes place in Brussels between the 8th and the 11th May 2017. The FoBiG employee Markus A. Schwarz presents results of a project on evaluation and further development of screening methods for assessment of environmental persistence, including the outcomes of a subsequent 2-(half)-days’ workshop and expert discussion. The project was performed for the German Umweltbundesamt (UBA) together with partners Hydrotox and ECT Ökotoxikologie. Markus A. Schwarz presents most important results within a poster titled „Regulatory assessment of environmental persistence: OECD biodegradability screening tests – need for improvements and possibilities for enhancements” on Montag, 8th of May, Exhibition Hall, No. 146 (Poster session: Persistence & biodegradation assessment). The poster abstract is available here.

For further information please contact Markus Schwarz.

On June 13th, 2017, a workshop called "Epoxy resin systems and allergies" takes place in Vienna. The event is organized by the General Accident Insurance Association (AUVA, Austria; the workshop language is German). Current research results and the situation with regard to skin diseases and skin treatment as well as current measures for prevention are presented. Among other things, FoBiG employees present the results of a current project (final report of DGUV FP-0384) supported by German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). The aim of the project was to evaluate the sensitizing potency of as many ingredients of epoxy resin systems as possible, and to demonstrate the possibilities to incorporate the results into the practical evaluation of the epoxy resin systems. Registration for participation in the workshop is required.

For further Information, please contact Karin Heine.

FoBiG’s staff member Jan Oltmanns will present the results of the first EFSA study on the identification of emerging chemical risks in the food chain at the 13th European Symposium on Food Safety of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP; Brussels, 29-31 March 2017). The study was performed by FoBiG and Fraunhofer ITEM on behalf of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the results were published in 2016. The study will also be presented with posters by Fraunhofer ITEM at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the German Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (Heidelberg, 6-9 March 2017) and the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology (Baltimore, 12-16 March 2017). As already posted here, FoBiG and Fraunhofer ITEM are currently involved in a follow-up project on behalf of EFSA that extend the procedure tested on 100 substances to all substances registered under REACH.

For further information, please contact Jan Oltmanns.