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Acute Toxicity: oral

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acute toxicity: oral
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Study period:
1 (reliable without restriction)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
other: This study was carried out in accordance with internationally valid GLP principles.

Data source

Reference Type:
study report
Report date:

Materials and methods

Test guideline
according to guideline
EU Method B.1 tris (Acute Oral Toxicity - Acute Toxic Class Method)
GLP compliance:
Test type:
acute toxic class method
Limit test:

Test material

Constituent 1
Chemical structure
Reference substance name:
EC Number:
EC Name:
Cas Number:
Molecular formula:
Details on test material:
Batch No.: V 1161
Purity: main component: 9,10-Anthraquinone 98.9 wt.%
Significant impurities: Anthracene 0.01 wt.%, 2,3-Naphthalic anhydride 0.25%, Naphtho[2,3-b]thiphenquinone 0.33%, 1,4- Anthraquinone 0.32%
Appearance: Yellow crystalline powder
Expiration date: 06/2024
Storage: The test substance was stored in the dark place at laboratory temperature during the study.

Test animals

Details on test animals or test system and environmental conditions:
- Source: breeding farm VELAZ s.r.o., Koleč u Kladna, Czech Republic
- Age at study initiation: 8-10 weeks at the time application
- Housing: animal room with monitoring conditions – 3 animals of one sex in one plastic breeding cage
- Diet: ST 1 BERGMAN – standard pelleted diet ad libitum
- Fasting period before study: about 20 hours
- Water: drinking tap water ad libitum
- Acclimation period: 5 days

- Temperature (°C): room temperature 22 +/- 3°C, permanently monitored
- Humidity (%): relative humidity 30 – 70 %, permanently monitored
- Air changes (per hr): approximately 15 air changes per hour
- Photoperiod (hrs dark / hrs light): light period 12-hour light/12 hour dark

Animal supply: 18. 6. 2009
Experimental part of study: 23. 6. - 8. 7. 2009

Administration / exposure

Route of administration:
oral: gavage
olive oil
Details on oral exposure:
Batch No.: L803142
Expiration.: 09/2009

MAXIMUM DOSE VOLUME APPLIED: 2000 mg/kg body weight

DOSAGE PREPARATION: Immediately before application the test substance was weighed, mixed in vehicle (olive oil). The single volume of administered suspension was 1ml/100 g of animal body weight.

CLASS METHOD (if applicable)
- Rationale for the selection of the starting dose: Test procedure with a starting dose of 2000 mg/kg was selected. Testing schedule (according to EU Method B.1 tris Annex 1D) START: 2000 mg/kg – 3 females (Step No.1): no deaths ► 2000 mg/kg – 3 females (Step No. 2): no deaths ► END of study
2000 mg/kg of animal body weight
No. of animals per sex per dose:
6 animals (Step No.1 - 3 females, Step No. 2 - 3 females)
Control animals:
Details on study design:
- Duration of observation period following administration: 14 days
- Time schedule of observation:
Body weight: before application, on the 8th day of study and at day 15, before euthanasia of animals
Mortality: daily
Clinical examination: daily
Pathological examination: 15th day
- Necropsy of survivors performed: yes (gross necropsy)

Results and discussion

Effect levels
Dose descriptor:
Effect level:
> 2 000 mg/kg bw
The test substance administered at the dose of 2000 mg/kg caused no death of animals.
Clinical signs:
other: No clinical signs of intoxication were detected after application in all animals.
Gross pathology:
The test substance caused no pathological changes in all animals from both groups.

Applicant's summary and conclusion

Interpretation of results:
not classified
Migrated information Criteria used for interpretation of results: EU
The test substance toxicity was evaluated on the basis of mortality, clinical signs of intoxication, body weight increments during the observation period and necropsy findings at the end of study.
The test substance administered at the dose of 2000 mg/kg caused no death of animals. No clinical signs of intoxication were observed in all animals. No pathologic macroscopic changes were diagnosed during pathological examination in all animals.
Executive summary:

The aim of the study was to investigate acute toxic effects of the test substance, Anthraquinone, after a single oral administration to Wistar rats.

The testing was performed according to the Method B.1 tris: Acute Oral Toxicity - Acute Toxic Class Method, Council Regulation (EC) No.440/2008, published in O.J. L 142, 2008.

The test substance was administered in a single dose as solution in vehicle (olive oil), given orally via gavage to two groups of three female Wistar rats.

The dosing was performed sequentially in two groups of three females: group No. 1 - first step using the starting dose of 2000 mg/kg of body weight and group No.2 - second step using the same dose.

The test substance administered at the dose of 2000 mg/kg caused no death of animals. No clinical signs of intoxication were observed in all animals.

No pathologic macroscopic changes were diagnosed during pathological examination in all animals

According to the study results the value of LD50 of the test substance for female rats is higher than 2000 mg/kg of body weight.

The classification of the test substance toxicity was performed according to the Directive 67/548/EEC, Annex VI. part 3.1.5. and 3.2.

Based on the test results and according to the EC criteria for classification and labelling requirements for dangerous substances and preparations the test substance Anthraquinone did not fall into any of quoted categories of toxicity and has no obligatory labelling requirement in this respect.