In a research project by the German Federal Environmental Agency FoBiG investigated PBT properties of sPAC, their relevance regarding occurrence, and concomitant need for regulatory action under the European chemicals legislation (REACH) in collaboration with  the Biochemical Institute for Environmental Carcinogens, Prof. Dr. Gernot Grimmer-Foundation. The work will be published in an upcoming edition of the SETAC-Journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management and is currently available as early view.

The Drinking Water Commission advices the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Environmental Agency on all aspects of drinking water hygiene. The honorary members were appointed to the session 2014-2018 on 17 March 2014, among them our colleague Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz. Congratulations!

You may find further information on the Commission here.

Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin and -furan (PCDD/F) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyl (dl-PCB) exposure from food were estimated using new food consumption data from the recent German food consumption survey (Nationale Verzehrsstudie II – NVS II). Based on these comprehensive data, information on the consumption of 545 individual food items by the German population was derived. With complementary concentrations of dioxin-like compounds in foodstuffs compiled from German and European authority programmes as well as the published literature, estimates of intake from food were determined. Accordingly, already intake of average consumers is close to a reference value derived by the Scientific Committee on Food in 2001. The complete results as published in Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A may be accessed here.

The evaluation of endocrine active substances is currently under discussion. EU legislation demands extensive consequences for endocrine disruptors: biocides and pesticides containing endocrine disruptive substances may not be placed on the market. Endocrine active substances may be placed on the candidate list for authorisation on a case-by-case basis in the context of REACH. Currently, no standardised definition or evaluation criteria for endocrine disruptors exist in the EU. The previous goal to elaborate such criteria untill the end of 2013 has been postponed till October 2014. Endocrine disruptors and regulatory consequences are the topic of the next Advanced Course in Toxicology of the Working Group Regulatory Toxicology of the German Society of Toxicology (DGPT). This course takes place on 31 March 2014 as satellite activity of the annual conference of the DGPT in Hannover. FoBiG is presenting results of an actual project.

You find the program and the registration form for the course here.

This conference, attended by FoBiG staff, provided a state-of-the-art overview on the biocides regulation landscape. Many changes are actually coming with the entry-into-force of the new Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) (Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012) in September 2013, which replaced the Biocidal Product Directive (BPD). Among many other changes, biocidal product dossiers now have to be prepared and submitted using IUCLID 5.5. Also, many guidance documents, e.g. on definition of substances of concern, or on mixture assessment, are still under development.

If you have questions regarding biocidal product authorization, contact Klaus Schneider.