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acute toxicity: oral
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Study period:
From 2016-05-02 to 2016-07-27
1 (reliable without restriction)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
guideline study

Data source

Reference Type:
study report
Report Date:

Materials and methods

Test guidelineopen allclose all
according to
OECD Guideline 423 (Acute Oral toxicity - Acute Toxic Class Method)
according to
EU Method B.1 tris (Acute Oral Toxicity - Acute Toxic Class Method)
according to
EPA OPPTS 870.1100 (Acute Oral Toxicity)
GLP compliance:
yes (incl. certificate)
Test type:
acute toxic class method
Limit test:

Test material

Test material form:
other: wet powder
Details on test material:
- Name of test material (as cited in study report): digadolinium oxalate
- CAS nr: 867-64-1
- Physical state: solid
- Appearance: wet white powder
Specific details on test material used for the study:
- Treatment of test material prior to testing: On the day of administration, the test item was freshly formulated at a concentration of 200 mg/mL (anhydrous form) with the vehicle.
- A correction with the composition of the test item was applied to achieve the target concentration of the formulation expressed in anhydrous form. (i.e. 200 mg/mL anhydrous form equal to 410 mg/mL test item as such).

FORM AS APPLIED IN THE TEST (if different from that of starting material): formulation with 1% methylcellullose at a concentration of 200 mg/mL

Test animals

Details on test animals and environmental conditions:
- Source: 6 female Crl:WI rats nulliparous and non-pregnant, Charles River Laboratories, Research Models and Services, Germany GmbH, Sandhofer Weg 7, D-97633 Sulzfeld, Germany
- Age on the day of dosing: young healthy adult rats, 10 weeks old
- Weight on the day of treatment (day 0): 199 - 218 grams. Body weight variation did not exceed +/-20% of the weight mean.
- Fasting period before study: The night before treatment the animals were fasted for a maximum of 16 hours. Food, but not water, was withheld overnight. Food was replaced 3 hours after the treatment.
- Housing: Group caging (3 animals/cage) in type II. polypropylene/polycarbonate cages.“Lignocel® 3/4-S Hygienic Animal Bedding” and “Arbocel® crinklets natural” nest building material produced by J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH & Co.KG (D-73494 Rosenberg, Germany) were available to animals during the study.
- Diet (e.g. ad libitum): ad libitum; ssniff® SM R/M "Autoclavable complete diet for rats and mice – breeding and maintenance" produced by Ssniff Spezialdiäten GmbH, D-59494 Soest Germany (batch number: 540 5117, expiry date: 31 July 2016 and batch number: 278 5652, expiry date: 30 November 2016)
- Water (e.g. ad libitum): ad libitum; tap water from the municipal supply, as for human consumption from a 500-mL bottle
- The food is considered not to contain any contaminants that could reasonably be expected to affect the purpose or integrity of the study. Water quality control analysis was performed once every three months and microbiological assessment was performed monthly, by Veszprém County Institute of State Public Health and Medical Officer Service (ÁNTSZ, H-8201 Veszprém, József A. u. 36., Hungary).
- Acclimation period: 19 and 20 days for groups 1 and 2 respectively, before start of treatment under laboratory conditions. Health inspection was performed at arrival of the animals. Only healthy animals were used for the test. The health status was certified by the veterinarian.

- Temperature (°C): 19.6 - 23.9 °C
- Humidity (%): 26 - 70%
- Air changes (per hr): 15-20 air exchanges/hour
- Photoperiod (hrs dark / hrs light): 12 h/12 h, lighting period from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

- From: 2016-05-03 To: 2016-05-17 (females no. 9446, 9447, 9448)
- From: 2016-05-04 To: 2016-05-18 (females no. 9449, 9450, 9451)

Administration / exposure

Route of administration:
oral: gavage
aqueous solution of methylcellulose at 1%
Details on oral exposure:
VEHICLE (1% methylcellulose)
- Concentration in vehicle: 200 mg/mL (anhydrous form)
- Amount of vehicle (if gavage): 10 mL/kg
- Justification for choice of vehicle: The selection of the vehicle was based on trial formulations with the test item. In order of preference, the recommended vehicles were the following: distilled water, 0.5 or 1% methylcellulose or carboxymethylcellulose, PEG 400, corn oil, sunflower oil or DMSO. Trial formulation with distilled water caused a noticeably settling formulation, therefore it was considered as not suitable for treatments. Consequently, 1% methylcellulose was also tried as a vehicle, which resulted in an acceptably stable formulation, suitable for treatments.
- Lot/batch no. (if required): 2H20012N11 for methylcellulose; 8040116 for distilled water
- Purity: no data


DOSAGE PREPARATION (if unusual): Test item was freshly formulated on the day of administration. To limit the impact, the formulations were used within 4 hours after adding the vehicle to the test item and the test item preparation was performed with approved procedures and documented in detail. The formulation was homogenised to visually acceptable levels and was stirred up to finishing the treatment to ensure sufficient homogeneity.

- Rationale for the selection of the starting dose: The initial dose level was selected by the Study Director to be that which is most likely to produce mortality in some of the dosed animals. Based on the preliminary toxicological information, 2000 mg/kg bw was selected to be the starting dose. The limit dose (= starting dose level) for this study was 2000 mg/kg bw. Initially, three female animals were treated with 2000 mg/kg bw of the test item. No mortality was observed, therefore further 3 animals were treated at the dose level of 2000 mg/kg bw. As no mortality was observed in this second dose group, further testing was not required according to the test guidelines (OECD 423, Commission Regulation (EC) NO 440/2008 of 30 May 2008, B.1.Tris).
2000 mg/kg
No. of animals per sex per dose:
2 groups; 3 females/group
Control animals:
Details on study design:
- Duration of observation period following administration: 14 days (until day 15)
- Frequency of observations and weighing:
- Clinical signs: Animals were observed individually after dosing at 30 minutes, then 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 hours after the treatment and once each day in the morning for 14 consecutive days thereafter.
- Individual observations were performed on the skin and fur, eyes and mucous membranes and also respiratory, circulatory, autonomic and central nervous system, somatomotor activity and behaviour pattern. Particular attention was directed to observation of tremors, convulsions, salivation, diarrhoea, lethargy, sleep and coma.
- Body weight: The body weight was recorded on the day before treatment (Day -1), on the day of the treatment (Day 0) and weekly thereafter.
- Necropsy of survivors performed: Yes, all animals were subjected to a necropsy and a macroscopic examination. The animals were exsanguinated after verification of narcosis following an injection of pentobarbital sodium (Euthanimal 40%; Lot No.: 1409236-06, Expiry Date: September 2017, Produced by: AlfasanNederland BV, Woerden, The Netherlands). After examination of the external appearance, the cranial, thoracic and abdominal cavities were opened and the appearance of the tissues and organs were observed. All gross macroscopic changes were recorded for each animal.
No statistical analysis was performed.

Results and discussion

Effect levels
Key result
Dose descriptor:
Effect level:
> 2 000 mg/kg bw
Based on:
act. ingr.
anhydrous gadolinium oxalate
Gadolinium oxalate did not cause mortality at a dose level of 2000 mg/kg bw.
Clinical signs:
All animals were symptom free during the study.
Body weight:
Body weight gains of gadolinium oxalate treated animals during the study showed no indication of a test item-related effect.
Gross pathology:
There was no evidence of macroscopic observations at a dose level of 2000 mg/kg bw.
Other findings:
No data

Applicant's summary and conclusion

Interpretation of results:
GHS criteria not met
Under the conditions of the study, the acute oral LD50 value of gadolinium oxalate was found to be above 2000 mg/kg bw in female Crl:WI rats. According to these results, gadolinium oxalate needs not to be classified according to CLP criteria.