The FoBiG risk assessment on the use of UV inks in consumer printed products has been published. Laboratory simulations detected only low levels of individual acrylates and photoinitiators in artificial saliva or sweat from UV prints, which varied depending on the type of paper and UV lamp used and the degree of curing of the printed product. However, a health hazard or sensitisation is not to be worried for the consumer when handling printed products with UV inks.

For further information please contact Melanie Macherey.

We are proud and happy to announce that FoBiG continues its successful work on preparing draft dossiers for harmonized classification and labelling. One new project started end of last year on behalf of the Dutch Competent Authority RIVM and another one – as part of a framework contract with DG Environment –began quite recently, this one with partners DHI from Denmark. In these projects FoBiG will prepare draft CLH dossiers with substances with CMR properties ( We take the success in these competitions as an acknowledgement of the quality of our previous work.

For further information please contact Klaus Schneider.

A publication in "Gefahrstoffe - Reinhaltung der Luft" (Hazardous Substances - Air Pollution Control) is dedicated to the work of the intersectoral working group on epoxy resins to avoid skin diseases triggered by contact with epoxy resin systems (Gefahrstoffe 81 (2021) No. 01-02; German only). FoBiG employee Karin Heine contributed to the article. Among other things, it contains a description of the evaluation of the sensitising potency of epoxy resin substances and their use for the comparison of technically similar products in the mixture calculator (“Gemischerechner”, German only). This was largely developed by FoBiG.

The textbook "Regulatory Toxicology" (ed. F-X. Reichl and M. Schwenk) is currently being prepared by Springer Verlag for its 2nd English edition, which will be published in print in September 2021. The chapters in which FoBiG staff members are involved have already been revised and are now available online-first on the publication platform SpringerLink:
Limit Values and Guideline Values in Regulatory Toxicology
Karin Heine, Alexander Eckhardt
Quality Criteria for Primary Literature in Toxicology
Klaus Schneider, Sebastian Hoffmann, Agnieszka Kinsner-Ovaskaine
Default Factors in Quantitative Risk Assessment
Klaus Schneider, Leonard Ritter


What a year...

in which much more than just the toxicological challenges had to be overcome. Like many of you, we are sure that improvisation was (and still is) always in demand in times of the Corona crisis. Faster and more extensively than originally planned, we have established home office capacities and extended online conference systems, without losing sight of the actual work. This was not always easy.

In the midst of these events, Jan Oltmanns – as planned and prepared for a long time – took over the management of the company in July 2020 from Klaus Schneider, who, in addition to a little more leisure time, now devotes himself entirely to exciting projects and will continue to be available as your contact person.

Many thanks to all friends, business partners and customers for the good cooperation and sometimes high flexibility in this extraordinary year.
We wish you a well-deserved break, a relaxing Christmas holiday, a good start into the New Year 2021 and stay safe!

This year we are looking for three chemical elements whose colours appear in fireworks as shown (note the little help provided!).

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