FoBiG staff member Jan Oltmanns together with colleagues from Öko-Institut and EUROSTAT compared classification information from REACH registration dossiers with legally binding harmonised classifications for a set of 142 very high production substances. The analysis, just published in Regulatory Toxicology & Pharmacology, showed that a substantial number of substances had stricter classifications in the REACH registration dossiers and were often classified for additional endpoints not covered by the harmonised classification. The authors concluded that REACH leads to an improved hazard characterisation.

ECHA recently announced an update of CHESAR, now including so-called SCEDs (Specific Consumer Exposure Determinants), developed by industry associations. SCEDs describe specific conditions of use for consumer exposure scenarios. Recently, FoBiG, on behalf of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR, Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung), compared and evaluated parameters and defaults used in common Tier I consumer exposure tools (ECETOC TRA, REACT, EGRET) (report soon to be published by BfR, manuscript for peer review journal in preparation).

The RCP was developed to establish occupational exposure limits (OEL) for refined hydrocarbon solvent vapour mixtures (Pflaumbaum et al., 2008a,b) and will now be revised by FoBiG in a project funded by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). In cooperation with other committees, manufacturers and experts of the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the DGUV (IFA) current hydrocarbon group guidance values will be revisited and, if required, new groups will be established having adapted the group guidance values. Interested stakeholders, which might probably hold relevant data are welcome to contact us in order to introduce their data into the upcoming assessment.

An English and updated version of the textbook on Regulatory Toxicology (eds. F-X. Reichl, M. Schwenk) is now published at Springer publishing house. It contains several contributions by FoBiG staff Karin Heine, Martin Hassauer and Klaus Schneider on topics such as reference values, data quality evaluation and assessment factors.

Two staff members of FoBiG are co-authors on a published article within the April issue of German Journal "Arbeitsmedizin – Sozialmedizin – Umweltmedizin" (ASU). If you are interested please find the directory in German here.