After FoBiG – together with colleagues from Fraunhofer ITEM – finished a study for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2016 (published here), which tested a procedure for the identification of emerging chemical risks in the food chain, the procedure will be applied to all substances registered under REACH in a new study for EFSA. The project will be carried out by FoBiG in collaboration with Fraunhofer ITEM. It starts in January 2017 and has a duration of 2 years.

For further information, please contact Jan Oltmanns

FoBiG together with Fraunhofer ITEM has evaluated the effectiveness of protective gloves, suits and other dermal personal protective equipment under contract of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA). Relevant dosimetry and biomonitoring studies were selected based on an extensive literature survey. From these studies, datasets with minimum information for identified for a quantitative evaluation of efficiency values. A sufficient number of datasets allowing a statistical evaluation of the efficiency values was only retrieved for protective gloves and suits. Additional analyses, e.g. on the impact of the monitoring method, the study design, the length or the state of protective gloves did not allow drawing definitive conclusions since important information was missing in the studies. Due to these problems, common default values for the efficiency of dermal personal protective equipment could not be reliably confirmed or refuted with the data generated. The final report (in English) was publlished by BauA .

For further information, please contact Jan Oltmanns

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.