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Toxicity to terrestrial plants

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Based on available related data toxicity to terrestrial plants is not expected.

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No studies on toxicity to terrestrial plants are available for the Short Chain Methyl Ester category.

Members of the category are readily biodegradable and as such they are expected to be rapidly and ultimately degraded in soil (Chapter R7.b Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment, ECHA, 2008). Therefore, chronic exposure to soil organisms is not expected. Nevertheless, chronic soil invertebrates toxicity data from a suitable read-across substance (methyl laurate (CAS No. 111-82-0) in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, Annex XI, 1.5) are available. In this test performed according to OECD 222, no effects on survival, reproduction or growth of Eisenia fetida were reported, leading to a NOEC = 1000 mg/kg dw (Winkelmann (2013)).


Based on the available information, the chemical safety assessment according to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, Annex I, does not indicate the need to conduct further tests on terrestrial plants.