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A long-term test with Daphnia magna (OECD 211) is planned for fatty acids, coco, di-and triesters with trimethylolpropane (CAS 85566-29-6).

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There is no long-term test on aquatic invertebrates available for fatty acids, coco, di-and triesters with trimethylolpropane (CAS 85566-29-6). Since all substances within this polyol esters category are readily biodegradable, it is not foreseen that they will pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates on the long-term. However, due to the poor water solubility of the test substance and as long-term toxicity to aquatic organisms is a mandatory endpoint in accordance to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, Annex IX, 9.1 Aquatic toxicity, we propose to test the long term toxicity on invertebrates in order to confirm that no chronic toxicity to aquatic organisms occurs for the polyol esters with medium chain lengths. In particular, fatty acids, coco, di-and triesters with trimethylolpropane (CAS 85566-29-6) was selected as a representative test substance to cover the chain lengths of C12 and C14 within the polyol esters.

Reliable tests on the long-term toxicity to aquatic invertebrates are also provided which indicate that the polyol esters will not exhibit long-term effects to aquatic invertebrates up to the limit of water solubility. In particular one study investigating the long term toxicity to aquatic invertebrates was performed with the read-across substance fatty acids, C8-10 (even numbered), di-and triesters with propylidynetrimethanol (CAS 11138-60-6) according to OECD guideline 202 "Daphnia sp. Acute Immobilization Test and Reproduction Test", Part 2 (1993) under semi-static conditions (Low, 1996). This test guideline is similar to OECD 211 which was adopted in 1998. The study period of 15 days does not meet the criteria of today standard methods recommending 21 days study duration. However, according to the Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment, Chapter R7.b (ECHA, 2012b) the study can be regarded as valid for a long-term evaluation as corresponding criteria were fulfilled (e.g. 80% survival in the control, surviving females produce three broods in 21 days or less, > 60 brood neonates per female in the control on average). In addition, all requested endpoints could be determined (time to first brood, number of offspring produced per female, growth and survival) and NOELR values for survival or reproductive endpoints could be calculated. In this study Daphnia magna were exposed to nominal concentrations of 0, 24, 97, 242, 1018 and 2570 mg/L (prepared as water accommodated fraction, WAF). No effects were observed up to the highest test concentration resulting in a NOELR of ≥ 2570 mg/L based on reproduction and immobilization.

As it can be seen in the data matrix of the category justification in section 13 and the overall endpoint summary IUCLID 6.1, all reliable data in the category support the hazard assessment of each category member by showing a consistent pattern of results, i.e. no toxic effects to aquatic organisms were observed up to the limit of water solubility.