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Bioaccumulation: aquatic / sediment

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bioaccumulation in aquatic species: fish
Data waiving:
study scientifically not necessary / other information available
Justification for data waiving:
the study does not need to be conducted because the substance has a low potential to cross biological membranes
Justification for type of information:
According to Column 2 of Information Requirement 9.3.2., Annex IX, Commission Regulation (EU) 1907/2006, ”The study need not be conducted if: the substance has a low potential for bioaccumulation (for instance a log Kow ≤ 3) and/or a low potential to cross biological membranes.”

Manganese alumina pink corundum can be considered environmentally and biologically inert due to the characteristics of the synthetic process (calcination at a high temperature of approximately 1000°C), rendering the substance to be of a unique, stable crystalline structure in which all atoms are tightly bound and not prone to dissolution in environmental and physiological media. This assumption is supported by available transformation/dissolution data (Grané, 2010) that indicate a very low release of pigment components at pH 6, the pH that maximises dissolution. At a loading of 1 mg/L and pH 6, dissolved concentrations of 0.29 and 0.042 µg/L aluminium and 10.66 and 8.91 µg/L manganese were measured after 7 and 28 days, respectively. Thus, the rate and extent to which Manganese alumina pink corundum produces soluble (bio)available ionic and other aluminium- and manganese-bearing species in environmental media is limited. Hence, the pigment can be considered as environmentally and biologically inert during short- and long-term exposure. The poor solubility of Manganese alumina pink corundum is expected to determine its behaviour and fate in the environment, including its low potential for bioaccumulation.

Further, “for naturally occurring substances such as metals, bioaccumulation is more complex, and many processes are available to modulate both accumulation and potential toxic impact. Many biota for example, tend to regulate internal concentrations of metals through (1) active regulation, (2) storage, or (3) a combination of active regulation and storage over a wide range of environmental exposure conditions. Although these homeostatic control mechanisms have evolved largely for essential metals, it should be noted that non-essential metals are also often regulated to varying degrees because the mechanisms for regulating essential metals are not entirely metal-specific (ECHA, 2008).”

As the most abundant metal in the lithosphere, aluminium is ubiquitous in the environment. The speciation of aluminium in the environment is determined by pH, mineralogical composition, and the abundance of organic complexing agents. Under most environmental conditions, aluminium has a low mobility. However, decreasing pH (below pH 5.5) increases the mobility of aluminium ions.

Estimated steady-state bioaccumulation factors (BAFs) of Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinal) range from 36 to 215 (WHO 1997 and references therein). There does not appear to be evidence to biomagnify. Since according to the CLP Regulation (EU) No 1272/2008, Section, “A BCF in fish of ≥ 500 is indicative of a potential to bioconcentrate for classification purposes”, the potential for the bioaccumulation of aluminum in fish seems low.

Manganese is ubiquitous in the environment and an essential trace element. Manganese acts as catalytic or structural component of larger molecules, which occupy key roles in essential metabolic pathways of microorganisms, plants, and animals. Manganese as essential nutrient is actively assimilated and utilized by plants and animals. Organisms vary in their ability to take up manganese. Aquatic organisms at lower trophic levels tend to have higher manganese levels than fish, with typical BAFs of about 100 (WHO 2004 and references therein). Hence, manganese does not biomagnify.

Thus, the potential of Manganese alumina pink corundum for bioaccumulation can safely be expected to be low. Consequently, the study on bioaccumulation does not need to be conducted based on low solubility, bioavailability and a corresponding low bioaccumulation potential of Manganese alumina pink corundum in accordance with Column 2 of Information Requirement 9.3.2., Annex IX, Commission Regulation (EU) 1907/2006.


WHO (1997) Environmental Health Criteria 194 – Aluminum

WHO (2004) Concise International Chemical Assessment Document 63 - Manganese and its compounds: Environmental aspects

ECHA (2008) Guidance on IR & CSA, Appendix R.7.13-2: Environmental risk assessment for metals and metal compounds. July 2008.

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