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In contact with water the substance will hydrolyse rapidly (SafePharm Laboratories, 2003).

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The test material has been determined to degrade spontaneously in contact with aqueous media. No rate constant or half-life could be determined experimentally by Method 111 of the OECD Guidelines for testing of Chemicals, 12 May 1981. At pH 4 and 0 °C, the hydrolysis was significantly greater than 50 % prior to analysis of the initial sample (SafePharm Laboratories, 2003).

In accordance with column 2 of REACH Annex VII, the study does not need to be performed if the substance is readily biodegradable or inorganic. 2-Ethylhexanoyl chloride hydrolyses rapidly and forms 2-ethylhexanoic acid and hydrochloric acid. 2-Ethylhexanoic acid is readily biodegradable (EKO LAB, 1998), while hydrochloric acid is inorganic.