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Environmental fate & pathways

Endpoint summary

Administrative data

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After evaporation or exposure to air, the substance will be rapidly degraded by photochemical processes (half-life = 4.2 h).


According to structural properties, hydrolysis is not expected. A study does not need to be performed since diethanolamine is readily biodegradable.


The substance is readily biodegradable according to OECD criteria.


Significant accumulation in organisms is not to be expected.

Based on a measured partition coefficient of -2.46 (25 °C, pH 6.8-7.3; see IUCLID Ch. 4.7) DEA has a low potential for bioaccumulation or bioconcentration.

In accordance with column 2 of Annex IX, the study on "bioaccumulation in aquatic species, preferably fish" does not need to 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. DEA has a low potential for bioaccumulation as the measured log Kow values are < 3. Therefore, and for reasons of animal welfare, no bioaccumulation test with fish is conducted.


Adsorption to solid soil phase is not expected.

A study is not performed as the substance is readily biodegradable.

Henry's Law Constant

From the water surface, the substance will not evaporate into the atmosphere.

Distribution modelling

Over time, the uncharged substance will preferentially distribute into the compartments water (97%) and air (3%).