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Phototransformation in air

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Phototransformation in air is not relevant due to low vapour pressure (< 0.0001 Pa).

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No experimental studies investigating the phototransformation in air of ethylene distearate (CAS 627-83-8) are available. Results from AOPWIN v1.92 indicate that ethylene distearate is susceptible to indirect photodegradation in air (Müller, 2011). The estimated half-life for the reaction with OH-radicals is 8.265 h (24 h day; OH-concentration: 0.5E+06 OH/cm³). However, this is not expected to be a relevant environmental fate process, since ethylene distearate is not expected to be present in the atmosphere based on the low estimated vapour pressure under ambient conditions (2.36E-15 Pa at 20 °C).

As this study is not a standard information requirement in REACh and there is no indication from the Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA) on the need to investigate further the fate and behaviour of the substance (Annex X requirement), no further testing is considered necessary for ethylene distearate.

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