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PBT assessment: overall result

(2-methoxyethyl) benzene
Type of composition:
boundary composition of the substance
State / form:
Reference substance:
(2-methoxyethyl) benzene
PBT status:
the substance is not PBT / vPvB

Classification of(2-methoxyethyl)benzenefor effects in the environment:


The chemical(2-methoxyethyl)benzene(CAS no. 3558-60-9) is used as a flavouring agent. The aim was to assess whether the PBT criterion within Annex XIII was fulfilled(2-methoxyethyl)benzene. The PBT criterion was herein assessed based on experimental data in conjunction with standardized environmental fate models. Here follows a description of the PBT assessment.


Persistence assessment

The tested substance does not fulfil the P criterion within Annex XIII based on the assessment that here follows:


Biotic degradation

42-days Closed Bottle test following the OECD guideline 301 D to determine the ready biodegradability of the test chemical. The study was performed at a temperature of 20°C. The test system included control, test item and reference item. Polyseed were used for this study. The concentration of test and reference item (Sodium Benzoate) chosen for both the study was 4 mg/L, while that of inoculum was 32 ml/l. OECD mineral medium was used for the study. ThOD (Theoretical oxygen demand) of test and reference item was determined by calculation. % degradation was calculated using the values of BOD and ThOD for test item and reference item. The % degradation of procedure control (reference item) was also calculated using BOD & ThOD and was determined to be 78.31%. Degradation of Sodium Benzoate exceeds 42.16% on 7 days & 63.25% on 14th day. The activity of the inoculum was thus verified and the test can be considered as valid.The BOD42 value of test chemical was observed to be 1.22 mgO2/mg. ThOD was calculated as 2.70 mgO2/mg. Accordingly, the % degradation of the test item after 42 days of incubation at 20 ± 1°C according to Closed Bottle test was determined to be 45.98%. Based on the results, the test item, under the test conditions, was considered to be ultimate inherently biodegradable in nature.


Thus, based on the above available information, it has been concluded(2-methoxyethyl)benzeneis likely to be not persistent in nature.


Environmental fate

According to the fugacity model levels III, the most likely environmental fate for this test chemical is soil (i.e.estimated to 72.5%). In soil,(2-methoxyethyl)benzenewas expected to have slow mobility based upon a Log KOC value 2.739 at 25°C as per OECD TG 121, respectively. The half-life in soil (30 days estimated by EPI suite) indicates that the chemical is not persistent in soil and the exposure risk to soil dwelling animals is moderate to low.


If released in to the environment, 25.8% of the chemical will partition into water according to the Mackay fugacity model level III in EPI suite version 4. However, the half-life (15 days estimated by EPI suite) indicates that the chemical is not persistent in water and the exposure risk to aquatic animals is moderate to low.


Moreover, its persistent characteristic is only observed in the sediment compartment but Fugacity modelling shows that sediment is not an important environmental fate (less than 1% i.e. reported as 0.245% when estimated by EPI Suite version 4.1).


Hence it has been concluded that(2-methoxyethyl)benzeneis not persistent in nature.


Bioaccumulation assessment

The tested substance does not fulfil the B criterion within Annex XIII based on the assessment that here follows:


Theoctanol water partition coefficient of the test chemical was determined to be 2.845 ± 0.002 at 25°C, which is less than the threshold of 4.5. If this chemical is released into the aquatic environment, there should be a low risk for the chemical to bioaccumulate in fish and food chains.


Toxicity assessment

The tested substance does not fulfil the T criterion within Annex XIII based on the assessment that here follows:



The tested chemical is regarded to be not classified for carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and reprotoxicity, Further, there is no evidence of chronic toxicity, as identified by the classifications STOT (repeated exposure), category 1(oral, dermal, inhalation of gases/vapours, inhalation of dust/mist/fume) or category 2 (oral, dermal, inhalation of gases/vapours, inhalation of dust/mist/fume).


Aquatic organisms

All of the available short-term eco-toxicity data for fish for the substance(2-methoxyethyl)benzeneindicates the LC50/EC50 value to be >50 mg/l and on the basis ofthe various experimental studies of shortterm eco-toxicity data for aq. invertebrates and algaeof the structurally and functionally similar read across chemical (including the biodegradability of read across chemical) and applying the weight of evidence approach, the LC50/EC50 value was determined to be ranges from 100 to 230 mg/l, respectively. These value suggest that the substance is likely to be hazardous to aquatic organisms at environmentally relevant concentrations and can be considered to be in ‘Aquatic Chronic Category 3’ as per the CLP regulation.


On the basis of the long-term toxicity evaluations forchemical(2-methoxyethyl)benzene on aquatic invertebrates, the 21 d NOEC value was evaluated to be 3.923 mg/l. Thus, by speculation, long-term NOEC for aquatic organisms were not expected for the substance at concentration below 0.01 mg/L based on the data mentioned above.


The chemical was therefore not considered as hazardous to aquatic environments as per the criteria set out in Annex XIII.



Based on critical, independent and collective evaluation of information summarized herein, the tested compound does not fulfil the P, B and T criterion and has therefore not been classified as a PBT compound within Annex XIII.