Some results of a DGUV-funded research project on the sensitizing potency of prepolymers from epoxy resin systems will be presented by our cooperation partner, Eurofins BPT GmbH, in a poster at the Eurotox congress on 27 September 2021.
For questions on sensitization and evaluation of epoxy resin systems, please contact Karin Heine.

The European Commission plans to include 5 further substances in REACH Annex XIV. Companies using these substances will then need to submit applications for authorisations to secure continued use. Companies should start early to check whether substitution is feasible and, if not, prepare for authorisation.

EC No: 201-075-4
CAS No: 78-00-2

4,4'-bis(dimethylamino)-4''-(methylamino)trityl alcohol (with ≥ 0,1% of Michler's ketone (EC No 202-027-5) or Michler's base (EC No 202-959-2))
EC No: 209-218-2
CAS No: 561-41-1

Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) (with ≥ 0,1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear) 
EC No: -
CAS No: -

2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (DOTE)
EC No: 239-622-4
CAS No: 15571-58-1

Reaction mass of 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate and 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4-[[2-[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]-2-oxoethyl]thio]-4-octyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (reaction mass of DOTE and MOTE)
EC No: -
CAS No: -

These substances were listed because they have either carcinogenic or endocrine disruptive properties or are toxic to reproduction.
FoBiG successfully prepared many authorisation dossiers for substances with such endpoints.

For further information contact Jan Oltmanns.

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.