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FoBiG together with partners Hydrotox and ECT in a research project for the German Federal Environmental Agency evaluated existing methods for assessing persistency as part of an evaluation of PBT/vPvB properties. Results were discussed at an international workshop at the Federal Environmental Agency in Dessau. The research report „Assessment of environmental persistence: regulatory requirements and practical possibilities – available test systems, identification of technical constraints and indication of possible solutions” is available online.

For further information please contact Markus Schwarz.

The ‘REACH Baseline Study’, originally initiated by the European Commission (Directorate General EUROSTAT) investigates the impact of REACH on the risks caused by chemicals as well as the impact on the quality of the underlying data. The study has a strong time trend focus by repeating the assessments every 5 years. From the beginning, FoBiG was involved in the conceptualisation and the original study as well as in the 5 years update. As in the past, FoBiG together with colleagues from INERIS, DHI and under the lead of the Öko-Institut Freiburg has worked on the 10 years update of the study. The work was sponsored by the European Commission (Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Enterprise and SME) and was now published on the Commission’s website.

For further information please contact Jan Oltmanns.

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.