Services and expertise in Chemical Safety and Assessment: towards safe products

We are committed to bringing safe products to the market and to protecting public health and the environment. The general objective of chemical risk assessment methodologies is to facilitate both scientific and data-informed decision-making. The process has both qualitative and quantitative components and is generally composed of four steps: hazard identification, dose-response assessment (i.e. DNEL derivation), exposure assessment, and risk characterization.

Our experience covers investigation of chemicals, (nano-)particles, fibers, and complex mixtures as they occur at workplaces, in the environment, and in consumer products.

Based on our core competencies, we provide information supporting decision-makers in reducing potential risks and enabling safe use of chemical products.

Our services and expertise


Method development and customized analyses


Toxicology testing


Exposure characterization


Regulatory research and risk assessment

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Characterization of inhalable aerosols: Fraunhofer ITEM has its core competencies in the fields of “Inhalation, Fiber and Particle Toxicology” and “Aerosol Research and Analytical Chemistry”. In the research and development phase, this expertise is applied in integrated product safety assessments and the development of sophisticated methods for exposure and (eco-)toxicological effect characterization.

Exposure assessments: Fraunhofer ITEM has a high competence in different kinds of exposure estimation for humans and the environment. This includes exposure modeling under REACH and for biocides, but also exposure scenarios, e.g. in the cosmetics industry.

Toxicological guideline studies: Fraunhofer ITEM has the capacity and know-how to conduct toxicological guideline studies following the principles of GLP.

Integrated testing strategies and concepts for toxicological risk assessment: We offer full-service packages for risk assessment and support registration and authorization processes according to current legislation.

Sustainable use of chemicals: Scientist at Fraunhofer ITEM engage in the refinement of environmental emission scenarios (modeling).

Contract research for national authorities and international associations


Annette Bitsch

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Dr. Annette Bitsch

Coordinator of the Business Unit Chemical safety and assessment

Phone +49 511 5350-302

Dirk Schaudien

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Ph.D. Dirk Schaudien

Coordinator of the Business Unit Chemical safety and assessment

Phone +49 511 5350-324

Katharina Blümlein

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Ph.D. Katharina Blümlein

Coordinator of the Business Unit Chemical safety and assessment

Phone +49 511 5350-213