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Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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biodegradation in water: ready biodegradability
Data waiving:
other justification
Justification for data waiving:
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A valid Zahn-Wellens Test was conducted for evaluating the inherent biodegradability of test item methylphosphonic acid. The results expressed as COD and % of biodegradation for the test item and the reference item are reported. Based on ECHA PBT guidance document, in case of biodegradability <20 % in an inherent biodegradability study the substance shall be considered as persistent without the need for further testing. With an inherent biodegradability of 21 - 24 % the substance shall be considered as persistent for the PBT discussion. A study on ready biodegradability (according to OECD 301) cannot be expected to deliver any meaningful added information and shall therefore be waived. Due to lack of inherent biodegradability the substance shall be considered as persistent for the PBT discussion.

Key value for chemical safety assessment

Biodegradation in water:
under test conditions no biodegradation observed

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