Many thanks to all our friends, partners and clients working with us in these exciting times. We wish you a well-deserved break, a relaxing Christmas holiday and a perfect start into a Happy New Year 2017!

FoBiG is growing older …
In 2016, it is 30 years from the very beginnings of FoBiG. And next year we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of FoBiG as a GmbH (private limited company). On this account, this year’s Christmas card motive is hinting to our company’s history (see explanation below). The experience gained in all these years is our treasure in the demanding and constantly changing world of regulatory toxicology and risk assessment.

… and is getting younger and younger: Welcome to the team, Henrike (H. Berkefeld, biologist) and Anne (A. Bierwisch, toxicologist)!

Our cover picture: Twenty-five symbols for 25 years since the GmbH came to life make a Christmas tree: during these years the company was located at different places in Freiburg, from early beginnings in the Gerberau (3 years there = 3 nuts) to the 14 years we spent in Werderring (oranges) to our (not so new anymore) location in Klarastraße (stars). Neurotransmitters of various kinds and amounts flooded our circulations from time to time.

We are proud to announce that our colleague Markus Schwarz has received the certification of ecotoxicologist (GDCh/SETAC GLB)! Congratulations to you, Markus!

On 22 November 2016 the European Commission hosted a workshop in Brussels on “Acceptable level of risk to workers and consumers exposed to carcinogenic substances”. The workshop’s objective was to discuss how risk-based reference values for carcinogenic substances without threshold can be set for workers and the general public. Fritz Kalberlah (Chairman of the working group on exposure-risk relationships, German Committee for Hazardous Substances, AGS) was moderating a discussion panel on “Acceptable level of risk at the workplace”.
More information can be found here or by contacting Fritz Kalberlah.

FoBiG together with colleagues from the Öko-Institut has developed and maintained Eurostat’s chemical indicator set for many years and is also currently involved in further maintenance of these indicators until 2019. The indicators basically monitor changes in the production and consumption volumes of substances that are hazardous to human health or the environment. Eurostat has now published the statistical working paper 'Compilation of chemical indicators – Development, revision and additional analyses' authored by staff from FoBiG and Öko-Institut. The working paper summarises the basic methodology for these indicators and provides additional background information. It is freely available online.

For further information, please contact Jan Oltmanns

FoBiG’s work within two research projects was presented on two poster presentations at this year’s International Societey of Exposure Science Conference from October 9 to 13 in Utrecht. The project ‘Testing a procedure for the indentification of emerging chemical risks in the food chain’ was presented by EFSA staff and has been a joint research project by Fraunhofer ITEM and FoBiG. The project ‘Consumer behavior – compilation and evaluation of primary data’ was presented by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment Germany (BfR) and has been a research project completed by FoBiG at the end of 2015. The abstracts of both poster presentations are available here.

For further information, please contact Jan Oltmanns.