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Toxicity to birds

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No studies on the toxicity to birds are available for the substance.  

In Annex X Section 9.6.1 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, it is laid down that any need for testing should be carefully considered taking into account the large mammalian dataset that is usually available at this tonnage level. In case of 2-aminoethanol (MEA, CAS 141-43-5), a mammalian dataset is available. In addition, the hazard assessment of the substance reveals neither a need to classify the substance as dangerous to the environment, nor is it a PBT or vPvB substance, nor are there any further indications that the substance may be hazardous to the environment. In addition, indirect exposure to the soil compartment is unlikely since the substance is readily biodegradable according to OECD criteria. For substances being considered as „readily biodegradable“, it can be assumed that they will be biologically degraded within the STP-process (see IUCLID Ch. 5.2.1). Based on the low log Kow and the low estimated BCF values, significant bioaccumulation in organisms is not to be expected (see IUCLID Ch. 5.3.1).  Hence, secondary poisoning is of no concern.

In Annex XI Section 3, it is laid down that testing in accordance with sections 8.6 and 8.7 of Annex VIII and in accordance with Annex IX may be omitted, based on the exposure scenario(s) developed in the Chemical Safety Report (“Substance-Tailored Exposure-Driven Testing”). In accordance with Annex XI Section 3, it can be demonstrated in the risk assessment that the manufacture and the use of the substance do not pose an unacceptable risk for all environmental compartments as the risk characterization ratios (RCRs) of the chemical safety assessment are below 1 for all compartments (see Chemical Safety Report Ch. 10).

Therefore, and for reasons of animal welfare, no tests on birds are performed.