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EC number: 216-333-1 | CAS number: 1560-69-6
Acute oral toxicity: LD50 (female rats)= 355 mg cobalt propionate/kg (Confidence interval: 61.2 - 1890 mg/kg)
Acute dermal toxicity: Conduct of an acute dermal toxicity study for cobalt propionate is unjustified since dermal uptake is considered negligible.
Acute oral toxicity
The reference Finlay (2007) is considered as the key study for acute oral toxicity and will be used for classification. Female CD rats were dosed up to 2000 mg/kg orally via gavage. The LD50 was calculated 355 mg/kg bw with a 95 % confidence interval of 61.2 - 1890 mg/kg.
The classification criteria according to regulation (EC) 1272/2008 as acutely toxic category 4 are met since the ATE is between 300 and 2000 mg/kg body-weight, hence cobalt propionate is classified as acute oral toxic category 4 (H302).
Specific target organ toxicant (STOT) – single exposure: oral
The classification criteria according to regulation (EC) 1272/2008 as specific target organ toxicant (STOT) – single exposure, oral are not met since the toxic effects observed in the acute oral toxicity test already leads to an acute oral toxicity classification. No additional effects in animals or humans are known that would justify a specific target organ toxicant (STOT) – single exposure: oral classification.
Acute dermal toxicity
Conduct of an acute dermal toxicity study for cobalt propionate is unjustified since dermal uptake is considered negligible.
Specific target organ toxicant (STOT) – single exposure: dermal
Acute inhalation toxicity and Specific target organ toxicant (STOT) – single exposure: inhalation
Cobalt compounds are not generally associated with local effects following acute inhalation exposure; only after long-term exposure, some inflammatory responses are seen. Thus, any acute inhalation toxicity may reasonably be assumed to be predominantly determined by systemic availability.
Based on the outcome of dustiness testing (Heubach rotating drum method; for details, please refer to the IUCLID endpoint study record under IUCLID section 7.1.1 basic toxicokinetics) coupled with particle size analysis of the airborne fraction, all cobalt compounds have moderate to low values for total dustiness, indicating similar propensities to become airborne. Based on the concurrent particle size analysis, inhalation deposition modelling via MPPD clearly indicates that only minor substance amounts can be expected to be deposited in the pulmonary fraction of the respiratory tract of humans; in contrast, the majority of inhaled material will deposit in the extra thoracic and tracheo-bronchiolar regions, and therefore can safely be assumed to undergo translocation to the gastrointestinal tract via mucociliary escalation and subsequent swallowing.
Thus, any systemic effects may be read across from acute oral toxicity. Based on the LD50 for cobalt propionate of 355 mg/kg observed in an acute oral toxicity test, it is therefore proposed to adopt the classification as acutely oral toxic category 4 also for acute inhalation, and to waive the testing requirement for acute inhalation toxicity in accordance with section 1.1, annex XI of regulation (EC) 1907/2006.
Furthermore a testing programme is currently being executed, investigation the acute toxicity of eleven cobalt compounds via inhalation. The aim was to cover a wide spectrum of substances to allow read-across to non-testes substances, to reduce the number of animals. The test items were selected according to the following criteria:
- high dustiness, as determined in the Heubach rotating drum method
- small MMAD to ensure highest possible exposure of the respiratory tract of the test animals
- coverage of high, medium and low bioaccessible substances, determined in artificial alveolar lining fluid (ALF)
According to the above criteria, the following substances were selected for testing: cobalt metal powder (fine and coarse sample), cobalt carbonate, cobalt resinate, cobalt stearate, cobalt acetyl acetonate, cobalt sulfate, cobalt monoxide, tricobalt tetraoxide, cobalt sulfide.
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