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Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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Based on the read-across approach from the analogue OS 1600 which attained 1% biodegradation within 28 days, OS3600 was considered not readily biodegradable. A ready biodegradation test was also performed on MPKO, the hydrolytic product of OS3600. It was also considered to be not readily biodegradable (4-12% degradation within 28 days).

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Biodegradation in water:
under test conditions no biodegradation observed

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Key study: Read-across approach from experimental data on the analogue substance OS1600:

The ready biodegradability test was performed in accordance with OECD Guideline 301B and EU Method C4 -C using the carbon dioxide (CO2) evolution test (modified Strum test) (GLP study). Sewage was exposed to 12 mg TOC/L (43 mg/2 litres) of test substance under aerobic conditions for 28 days. The relative degradation values based on CO2 consumption calculated from the measurements performed during the test period revealed no significant degradation (1% biodegradation within 28 days). Based on these results OS3600 was designated as not readily biodegradable.

Supporting study: The ready biodegradability test was performed with the analogue substance MPKO in accordance with OECD Guideline 301B and EU Method C4 -C using the carbon dioxide (CO2) evolution test (modified Strum test) (GLP study). Sewage was exposed to 12 mg TOC/L (40 mg/2 litres) of MPKO under aerobic conditions for 28 days. The relative degradation values based on CO2 consumption calculated from the measurements performed during the test period revealed 4 and 12% degradation within 28 days. The study was considered to be valid. In conclusion, the test item was designated as not readily biodegradable.