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Between 1999 and 2006 the TDI Research Project Group of German poisons centres, funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, had developed several products that has influenced poisons centres work in Germany in a sustainable way:

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Summary of Oral Presentation, presented orally at the EAPCCT International Congress Stockholm, 2009-05-14 (1):

The Toxicological Documentation and Information Network in Germany – 2 Years Experience of Automatic Product Data Exchange Between Companies, National Authorities and Poisons Centres

Objective:

More than a million different commercial products are marketed in Europe today. Access to product data is essential for efficient poisons centre (PCs) service. European and national laws regulate notification of data on dangerous products and biocides. Data notification of other products is regulated by national law only or is performed in a voluntary way. A necessity for advanced information technique for data management of product data was anticipated in the 1990.

Methods:

All German PCs and two German federal agencies were actively involved in the 'Toxicological Documentation And Information Network (TDI) Research Project’ between 1999 and 2006 (2).

were developed in several continuously improved versions, each. Local TDI database systems were installed in German poisons centres and tested comprehensively. At the end of the research project a reliable TDI network was established: two federal agencies, BfR and BVL, collect data notified by companies on dangerous products, biocides, detergents or cosmetics (and in the future tattoo colouring agents). Data packages containing recently notified data are distributed using the TDI ‘file transfer protocol’ (ftp) server or using CD-ROM media monthly. Product data that is notified voluntarily to PCs are also distributed via ftp server on demand. All data are formatted using product type specific formats described by Rosetta Markup Language (RML) and are encrypted by Chiasmus procedure supplied by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

Data download via ftp, decryption and import into the PCs’ local TDI databases are facilitated by an automated procedure of TDI database software (one click only). Flexible database retrieval and data display in a product type dependent manner can than be performed consecutively using the same software tool.

Results:

Up to November 2008, about 270,000 product documents were automatically distributed to 9 PCs via TDI. About 10,000 new or altered documents are exchanged monthly. Conclusion: TDI database system has become a reliable tool for product data retrieval in the daily work of 9 PCs in Germany. TDI experience may be helpful in developing a Europewide
product data exchange.
 

Further Developments on Agent Categorisation

Work on the Category System for Agents (TDI-CSA) (3,4) is continuing after the end of the TDI Project in Working Group V of the Gesellschaft für Klinische Toxikologie (GfKT, www.klinitox.de). For German language communication the system is abbreviated TKS (TDI-Kategorie-System).

 

Table 1: TDI-CSA Sectors

Translation of German language version of TDI-CSA, published on official TDI Website (http://www.tdi-network.org, direct link here)

Category Code for Sector Sector Name
E1 E2 E3 ...
E       Man-made products
E B     Consumer-near products incl food, tobacco excluding cleaning products
E B B   Consumer-near devices (utensils)
E B K   Cosmetic products
E B L   Food and food additives
E B T   Tobacco products
E B Z   Consumer-near products not classified elsewhere (e.g. coins)
E C     Chemical agents
E C B   Glues and agents used for construction or tightening
E C F   Paint, vanish, dyes
E C H   Fuels, inflammable matter, flavours, decoration and similar agents
E C R   Cleaning and maintenance products
E C T   Chemical agents used for techical equipments,technical procedures or products
E C V   Agents used for treating plants or animals
E C Z   Chemical agents not classified elsewhere
E D     Drugs of abuse
E H     Products and devices for medical use
E H A   Medical drugs for humans
E H M   Medical devices
E H T   Veterinary drugs
E H Z   Products and devices for medical use not classified elsewhere
E S     Agents used to control microorganisms and pests ("Pesticides" acc. to definition in EU Directive 2009/128/EC)
E S B   Biocides (including desinfectants)
E S P   Plant protection agent
E S Z   Pesticides not classified elsewhere
E W     Weapons and pyrotechnical agents
E W P   Pyrotechnical agents for non-military use
E W W   Weapons and military devices
E W Z   Weapons and pyrotechnical agents not classified elsewhere
E Z     Agents not classified elsewhere
E Z G   Basic materials
N       Natural environment
N F     Fungi
N M     Micoroorganisms
N P     Plants
N T     Animals
N Z     Natural environment not classified elsewhere
R       Residues and wastes
U       Unclassified or unknown agents

 

Further Developments

Work on the Category System for Agents (TDI-CSA) is continuing after the end of the TDI Project in Working Group V of the Gesellschaft für Klinische Toxikologie (GfKT). For German language communication the system is abbreviated TKS (TDI-Kategorie-System).

 

References:

  1. Desel H (PC Göttingen), Ganzert M (PC Munich), Cordes T (ISTC Freiburg), Butschke A (BVL, Berlin) Hahn A (BfR, Berlin), Hüller G (PC Erfurt), Stürer A (PC Zurich) The Toxicological Documentation and Information Network in Germany – 2 Years Experience of Automatic Product Data Exchange Between Companies, National Authorities and Poisons Centres. Clinical Toxicology 37 (5), 470
  2. www.tdi-network.org
  3. Stürer A, Hüller G, Reinecke HJ, Seidel C, Stedtler U, Wagner R, Ganzert M, Wurm D, Hahn A, Desel H (2007) Harmonization of Categorization Systems for Agents: First Data from German Poisons Centres Clin. Toxicol. 45, 337
  4. AW. Stürer,  G. Hüller, H. Desel, H. Kupferschmidt, LS. Weilemann  (2006)
    Categorization Systems for Substances in Poison Centres, Clin. Toxicol. 44, 422-424