Congratulations to our colleague Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz who has again been appointed an honorary member of the German Drinking Water Committee (TWK) for the period 2018 to 2022. The TWK is a national expert committee of the Federal Ministry of Health which is associated to the German Environment Agency. The TWK deliberates upon actual questions and problems of drinking water hygiene. TWK recommendations, which are especially bound to precautionary health protection, serve as a basis for the activities of health authorities and water suppliers. The recommendations supplement and illustrate the specifications of the drinking water regulation. Major activities of Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz are in the field of toxicological problems associated with drinking water protection.

Klaus Schneider was an invited speaker at „Umwelt 2018“ (10. bis 12. September 2018) in Münster. He presented results from two research projects on behalf of the German Enironmental Agency on the toxicological evaluation of PAHs and on semipolar heterocyclic hydrocarbons in complex UVCB substances. The presentation in german can be found here.

For further questions please contact Klaus Schneider.

As part of the training as toxicologist GT and the qualification for Eurotox European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) FoBiG is accepted according to the decision of the Training Commission at the last meeting, as a training center for a share of 3 years of 5 years of training.

Responsible for the training is Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz.

Meet FoBiG employee Karin Heine at the ESTIV Congress 2018 from 15.-18. October in Berlin. She presents the in vitro test strategy and results from a project, which assessed the sensitizing potency of epoxy resin ingredients (P 142). The project was funded by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and the final report is available (DGUV FP-0384).

For further Information, please contact Karin Heine.

Recently FoBiG started a project (F2437) on behalf of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), which investigates the scientific basis of the derivation of occupational exposure values. The project aims at disclosing differences between current methods with the objective to contribute to method harmonization. Based on updated empirical data distributions for extrapolation factors will be determined. Further activities address new approaches such as methods for probabilistic hazard assessment.

For further information please contact Klaus Schneider.