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Toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria

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No toxic effects to aquatic algae up to the limit of water solubility.

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Since no studies investigating the toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria of ethylene distearate (CAS 627-83-8) are available for this endpoint, in accordance to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 Annex XI, 1.5 a read across to the two structurally most similar category members butylene glycol dicaprylate / dicaprate (CAS 853947-59-8) and fatty acids, C16-18, esters with ethylene glycol (CAS 91031-31-1) was conducted. This read-across is justified in detail in the overall summary (IUCLID chapter 6.1) and within the category justification in IUCLID Section 13. In this case of read-across, the best suited (highest degree of structural similarity, nearest physico-chemical properties) read-across substances were used for the assessment. Nevertheless, as it can be seen in the data matrix of the category justification in section 13 and the overall summary, all reliable data in the category support the hazard assessment of each category member by showing a consistent pattern of results.

The first study with butylene glycol dicaprylate / dicaprate was performed as a limit test according to EU Method C.3 using the freshwater algae Scenedesmus subspicatus (Scholz, 1997). A test substance concentration of 1000 mg/L (nominal) and 3 mg/L (measured, based on TOC content) respectively, did not result in any effects on the growth rate and biomass after 72 h resulting in an EL10/50 > 3 mg/L (measured, initial). The recovery rate in the stability test was > 80% and the concentration after 48 and 72 h did not differ more than 20%. Therefore, the test substance was bioavailable throughout the test.

The second study with the read-across substance fatty acids, C16-18, esters with ethylene glycol was performed according to the DIN 38412-9 under GLP conditions (Stelter, 1994). The green algae Scenedesmus subspicatus was exposed to nominal concentrations of 10 and 100 mg/L without a further filtration step. No inhibition of growth of S. subspicatus up to the limit of water solubility was observed resulting in an EC50 > 100 mg/L. An EC10 of 34 mg/L was determined since growth stimulation was observed in both concentrations used in this study.

Based on the results from structurally related read-across substances (in accordance to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Annex XI, 1.5) which are characterized by a similar ecotoxicological profile, it can be concluded that ethylene distearate will not exhibit chronic effects to aquatic algae up to the limit of water solubility.