Company philosophy and history

The Forschungs- und Beratungsinstitut Gefahrstoffe (FoBiG) is a privately owned company specialised in chemical safety and toxicological risk assessment. It is one of few consultancies in this area working for authorities (at the national and EU level) as well as for industry (see References). This allows for a balanced view on tasks and facilitates searching for science- and evidence-based solutions. Acknowledging the limits of scientific methods and of our knowledge on the toxicological and environmental effects of chemical substances, we seek to achieve the highest possible transparency in our approaches. This means for any assessment to document in detail and in a reproducible manner the data used and the conclusions drawn.

In accordance with our interdisciplinary project tasks, with overlapping topics coming from toxicology, ecotoxicology, chemistry and associated disciplines, our team is comprised of scientists from various disciplines (toxicology, chemistry, biology, pharmacy) (see Contact). Continuing education of all staff members (e.g. by attending DGPT courses in toxicology or educational courses in ecotoxicology at SETAC-GLB/GdCh, by attendance and contributions to conferences) is key to the successful completion of our manifold tasks.

FoBiG was founded in 1986 by the industrial engineer Dr. Fritz Kalberlah, who before established the department on “Chemicals at the workplace” at the Öko-Institut in Freiburg. In 1992 FoBiG changed its organizational structure and became a private limited company, with Fritz Kalberlah, Klaus Schneider, Martin Hassauer and Jan Oltmanns as partners. In 2018 Fritz Kalberlah and Martin Hassauer retired and left the company. Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz, Karin Heine, Markus Schwarz and Eva Kaiser became new partners, joining Klaus Schneider and Jan Oltmanns.

Fritz Kalberlah led the company as general manager until end of 2011, when Klaus Schneider took over the management.

Since July 2009, FoBiG has his office in Freiburg in Klarastraße, close to the main station, with a wonderful view on downtown Freiburg and the near Black Forest.