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Exposure assessment for textiles, toys and non-textile care items

BfR carries out research in the field of exposure through textiles, toys and non-textile care articles. In a project sponsored by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, data are to be sourced and processed.

In order to depict as wide a range of information as possible, a first step involves identifying all the partners who deal with products and product safety. Besides public agencies, these stakeholders include product manufacturers, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and consumer associations. A second step involves a comprehensive literature search including "grey" literature. The scenarios, models and data used for the exposure assessment are evaluated and processed for documentation in the European database EIS-Chemrisks. The goal of the project is to highlight existing gaps in data and define a further need for research on the basis of the data collected.

Research areas

  • Development of methods to measure substances in the above-mentioned products
  • Collection of information on levels of substances
  • Design and conduct of studies in which migration data (release) on substances are examined in the above-mentioned products
  • Model estimates of migration and exposure
  • Evaluation of model estimates (does the estimate concur with the measured result?)
  • Presentation of specificities of exposure through the use of certain products
  • Development of proposals for standards and quality criteria
  • Conduct of an extensive literature search in which "grey" literature is also combed for useful data. This information is then evaluated and entered in the database.
  • Intensification of co-operation on the European level and promotion of a stakeholder dialogue. The JRC responsible for setting up the database organises workshops and conferences to promote this dialogue.


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"Science to serve humanity" is the guiding principle of BfR.