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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.

FoBiG started a new project on behalf of DG ENV. The project is carried out within a framework contract between a consortium led by RPA, Ltd., UK, and the European Commission. This project aims at preparing draft CLH dossiers with proposals for harmonized classification and labelling of selected substances. These CLH dossiers will be submitted to ECHA by Member State Competent Authorities. 

For further information please contact Klaus Schneider.

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFC) are highly persistent and mobile in the environment. Foods are appreciably polluted with PFC, especially fish. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) are the most prominent and well-studied representatives, which have been already evaluated by several organizations (e.g. European Food Safety Authority). FoBiG has derived guide values for oral exposure for 11 PFC and 4 only partially fluorinated derivatives, under consideration of a) endpoints with species specific mechanisms b) differences in elimination kinetics used for interspecies extrapolation and c) a pragmatic approach to consider combined effects at co-exposure. The assessment, for example, includes perfluorobutanoic-, -pentanoic-, … to decanoid acid; perfluorobutane, -hexane- and -octanesulfonic acid; 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctanssulfonic acid, 2H,2H-perfluordecanoic acid (report unpublished).

For further information please contact Fritz Kalberlah.

The consequences of the different options for classification of endocrine disruptors presented in the roadmap of the European Commission and by industry were analysed in a case study with natural substances. The results were presented at the Eurotox congress 2016 in Seville (abstract LBA07 and poster).

For further information please contact Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz.