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Skin sensitisation

Endpoint conclusion
Endpoint conclusion:
no adverse effect observed (not sensitising)
Additional information:

Read across from sodium salt, sodium β-Alanine, N-C8-18-alkyl derivs. EC 305-318-6

The guinea pig maximization test following the method of Magnusson and Kligman was performed in 1993 and since then the production process has changed and the residue levels of potential corrosive/irritating components have been reduced. This study shows some deficiencies which makes the result ambiguous. In the report the positive findings in the controls and the responses to the substance already in the induction phase are not commented upon. Furthermore the big difference in response between the neat product and the 30% dilution indicates more probably an enhanced irritant effect rather than true skin sensitisation. In 1997, after the modification of the production process, the substance was evaluated in guinea pigs according to the Bühler skin sensitsation method. The study was conducted in compliance with the principles of Good Laboratory Practice Regulations. It may have been preferable to perform yet another Magnusson and Kligman study, but since there is no indication on sensitising potential at all in the Bühler test, it is seen to be a true evaluation of the endpoint.

Based on preliminary testing in the Bühler test, the induction by topical application was performed with the substance as supplied, i.e. 40% in water. The induction of the test animals were performed on days 0, 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16 and 18. The hair was removed from an area on the left flank of each animal and the substance was applied to the clipped area under occlusive dressing for 6 hours during each occasion. The animals of the control group received an application of the distilled water under the same experimental conditions.

 

On day 28 the hair on the right flank was removed and both the undiluted test substance and a concentration of 75% v/v in distilled water were applied for 6 hours under occlusive dressing. The treatment sites were decontaminated using distilled water and the skin reactions were evaluated approximately 24 and 48 hours after dressing removal.

 

No systemic clinical signs, no changes in body weight gains compared to control animals and no deaths were noted during the study. An isolated incident of desquamation was noted during the induction phase on day 7. No other signs of skin irritation were noted following topical induction. No skin reactions were observed at 24 and 48 hours after the challenge application.

 

Under the experimental conditions and according to the Bühler delayed contact hypersensitivity method, the test substance Sodium N-(2-carboxyethyl)-N-(2-ethylhexyl)-β-alaninate, CAS No 94441-92-6 does not induce delayed contact hypersensitivity in guinea pigs.


Justification for selection of skin sensitisation endpoint:
There are two skin sensitisation studies available for Sodium N-(2-carboxyethyl)-N-(2-ethylhexyl)-β-alaninate, CAS No 94441-92-6. Only a draft report is available on the study from 1993, which has reliability rating 3 due to this and also for the unexplained response seen after the topical induction. The reaction to the topical induction and then the complete lack of effects with the 30% dilution suggests more of an enhanced irritant effect rather than true skin sensitisation. This result together with the available negative result in the Bühler test from 1997 supports the classification as not sensitising to skin. The production process has changed during the time for the two tests and the residue levels of potential corrosive/irritating components have been reduced. As this newer Bühler study is available, it is not scientifically justified on animal welfare grounds to perform yet another study on this test substance.

Respiratory sensitisation

Endpoint conclusion
Endpoint conclusion:
no adverse effect observed (not sensitising)
Additional information:

There are no guidelines for an animal test for respiratory sensitisation, however in general respiratory sensitisers are also skin sensitisers. Sodium N-(2-carboxyethyl)-N-(2 -ethylhexyl)-β-alaninate), CAS 94441-92 -6 was not found to be a skin sensitiser in the OECD 406 GLP study performed in 1997. This indicates that the substance is unlikely to posses any significant potential for respiratory sensitisation. Sodium N-(2-carboxyethyl)-N-(2-ethylhexyl)-β-alaninate), CAS 94441-92-6 is a paste with a low vapour pressure of 1.5 mPa at 20°C and therefore inhalation exposure is unlikely.


Justification for selection of respiratory sensitisation endpoint:
Data on respiratory sensitisation of Sodium N-(2-carboxyethyl)-N-(2-ethylhexyl)-β-alaninate), CAS 94441-92-6 is lacking, but it is a paste with a low vapour pressure of 1.5 mPa at 20°C and therefore inhalation exposure is unlikely.

Justification for classification or non-classification

Skin

Sodium N-(2-carboxyethyl)-N-(2-ethylhexyl)-β-alaninate), CAS 94441-92-6 was not found to be a skin sensitiser when tested in the OECD 406 GLP study.

Inhalation
Sodium N-(2-carboxyethyl)-N-(2-ethylhexyl)-β-alaninate), CAS 94441-92-6 was not found to be a skin sensitiser in the OECD 406 GLP study. This indicates that the substance is unlikely to possess any significant potential for respiratory sensitisation
Sodium N-(2-carboxyethyl)-N-(2-ethylhexyl)-β-alaninate), CAS 94441-92-6 is a paste with a low vapour pressure of 1.5 mPa at 20°C and therefore inhalation exposure is unlikely. Data on acute inhalation is lacking, but taken the result from the skin sensitisation study and the low potential for inhalation exposure into consideration, the substance is not classified as a respiratory sensitiser.