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One Ames test is available for C12-14AS MEA (CAS 90583-16-7). To assess the genotoxic potential of C12-14AS MEA (CAS 90583-16-7) a read across to structurally related alkyl sulfate (AS), i.e. C12AS Na (CAS 151-21-3), C12-14AS TEA (CAS 90583-18-9) and C12-15AS Na (CAS 68890-70-0) was performed. The possibility of a read-across to other alkyl sulfates in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Annex XI 1.5. Grouping of substances and read-across approach was assessed. In Annex XI 1.5 it is given that a read-across approach is possible for substances, whose physicochemical, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties are likely to be similar or follow a regular pattern as a result of structural similarity. The AS reported within the AS category show structural similarity. The most important common structural feature of the category members is the presence of a predominantly linear aliphatic hydrocarbon chain with a polar sulfate group, neutralized with a counterion.This structural feature confers the surfactant properties of the alkyl sulfates. The surfactant property of the members of the AS category in turn represent the predominant attribute in mediating effects on mammalian health. The AS of the AS category also have similar physicochemical, environmental and toxicological properties, validating the read-across approach within the category. The approach of grouping different AS for the evaluation of their effects on human health and the environment was also made by the OECD in the SIDS initial assessment profile [1] and by a voluntary industry programme carrying out Human and Environmental Risk Assessments (HERA [2]), further supporting the read across approach between structurally related AS.

There is a substantial data base on the counter ion ethanolamine (MEA) online available. MEA is listed in Annex VI of Regulation 1272/2008. It is classified Acute Tox. 4; H302, H312 and H332 as well as Skin Corr. 1B; H314. Additionally a specific concentration limit is established for STOT SE3, H335 at concentrations ≥ 5% in Annex VI of Regulation 1272/2008.The effects of MEA on human health were assessed by the OECD in the SIDS initial assessment Report [3]. MEA was found to be not genotoxic in vitro and in vivo. Additionally the concentration of freely available MEA in C12-14AS MEA (CAS 90583-16-7) is below 1%. Thus, unbound MEA

will not confer adverse effects regarding this endpoint to C12-14AS MEA.

A lack of mutagenic activity for the alkyl sulfates category is predictable based on structural and mechanistic considerations. Mutagens are chemicals that either 1) contain highly reactive electrophilic centers capable of interacting with nucleophilic sites on DNA (direct acting agents) or 2) can be metabolized to highly reactive electrophiles. The chemical structures represented by this chemical class do not contain electrophilic functional groups or functional groups capable of being metabolized to electrophiles. Alkyl sulfates with fully saturated carbon chains are not metabolized to reactive electrophiles. The consistent lack of mutagenic activity with alkyl sulfates is consistent with these mechanistic predictions.

Mutagenicity in bacteria

There is a study available addressing the mutagenicity of C12-14AS MEA (CAS 90583-16-7, analytical purity 30 to 31%) in bacteria (Banduhn, 1991). In the study, performed according to OECD Guideline 471 as plate incorporation assay, S. typhimurium strains TA 1535, TA 1537, TA 98, TA 1538 and TA 100 were treated with C12-14AS MEA in presence and absence of metabolic activation. Concentrations of the first experiment were 8, 40, 200, 1000 and 5000 µg/plate and 3.125, 12.5, 50, 200 and 800 µg/plate in the second experiment. Results achieved with negative (untreated), vehicle (bidistilled water) and positive controls proved the validity of the experiments. Cytotoxicity was observed in presence and absence of metabolic activation above 800 µg/plate. No genotoxicity was observed.

Mutagenicity in mammalian cells

The mutagenicity of C12AS Na (CAS 151-21-3) in a mammalian cell line was investigated similar to OECD guideline 476 using the mouse lymphoma L5178Y cells with and without metabolic activation (McGregor, 1988). The test concentrations were 3.125, 6.25, 10, 12.5, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 80 and 100 µg/mL without and 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90 and 95 µg/mL with metabolic activation. Results achieved with the negative (untreated), vehicle (DMSO) and positive controls were valid. Cytotoxicity but no genotoxicity was observed in presence and absence of metabolic activation.

Genotoxicity in vivo

The potential of C12-14AS TEA (CAS 90583-18-9, analytical purity 41%) to induce micronucleous in vivo was assessed in a study conducted according to OECD guideline 474 with CFW-1 mouse (Banduhn, 1987). The test substance was administered via gavage at doses of 400, 2000 and 4000 mg/kg bw to 7 animals /sex /dose. Bone marrow was sampled 24 h (400 and 2000 mg/kg bw) and 24, 48 and 72 h (4000 mg/kg bw) after gavage. Results achieved with the vehicle (water) and positive controls were valid. No signs of toxicity were noted.As no increase in micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes was observed in this study the test substance was considered to be not clastogenic.

The potential of C12-15AS Na (CAS 68890-70-0, analytical purity 30%) to induce in vivo chromosomal aberration was assessed in a study conducted similar to OECD guideline 475 rats (Hope, 1976). The test substance was administered via feed at a dose of 1.13% for a period of 90 days to 6 animals per sex and dose and bone marrow was sampled thereafter. Results achieved with the vehicle (DMSO) and positive controls were valid. No signs of toxicity were noted. As no enhanced chromosome aberrations were observed in this chromosal aberration test the test substance was considered to be not clastogenic.


In conclusion, the substance did not show any genotoxic potential.This is supported by the conclusions of the HERA Draft report “AS are not genotoxic, mutagenic or carcinogenic…” and the conclusions of the SIDS initial assessment profile “Alkyl sulfates of different chain length and with different counter ions were not mutagenic in standard bacterial and mammalian cell systems [...]. There was also no indication for a genotoxic potential of alkyl sulfates in various in vivo studies on mice […].”


[1] SIDS initial assessment profile, (2007);

[2] (HERA Draft report, 2002);

[3] SIDS initial assessment report, (2013);


Justification for selection of genetic toxicity endpoint
No study selected as all studies were negative.

Short description of key information:
In vitro gene mutation:
Bacterial reverse mutation assay (Ames test / OECD guideline 471): negative
In vitro mammalian cell gene muatation assay (MLA / OECD guideline 476): negative
In vivo clastogenicity:
Micronucleous test (OECD Guideline 474): negative
Chromosomal aberration test (OECD Guideline 475): negative

Endpoint Conclusion: No adverse effect observed (negative)

Justification for classification or non-classification

The available data on genetic toxicity do not meet the criteria for classification according to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 or Directive 67/548/EEC, and are therefore conclusive but not sufficient for classification.