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At pH 7 at 50.8°C: 6.5% loss in 5 days, Rate constant: 0.0156 d-1, Half life: 44.4 days (Greenwood 2003; EU method Annex V, C7 (92/69/EEC)).

At pH 9 at 50.8°C: 2.1% loss in 5 days, Rate constant: 0.0186 d-1, Half life: 37.4 days (Greenwood 2003; EU method Annex V, C7 (92/69/EEC)).

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One study was performed according to EU method Annex V, C7 (92/69/EEC) regarding the hydrolysis of test item Chlorophene (CAS 120-32-1). The hydrolysis of chlorophene was studied by Greenwood (2003) in sterile aqueous buffered solutions at pH 4, 7 and 9. The concentrations of chlorophene were measured via HPLC-UV. In the preliminary test at 50 °C, the percentage of chlorophene which was hydrolysed during 5 days was less than 10%:6.5% loss was found at pH 7 and 2.1% at pH 9. No loss was found at pH 4. According to the guideline, the test substance is considered to be hydrolytically stable. Therefore, no further testing is required. The estimated half-lives of BCP at pH 7 and 9 were 44.4 and 37.4 days. Considering the hydrolytic stability determined under stringent temperature conditions and at different pH values (pH 4, 7 and 9) it is not expected that hydrolytic processes will contribute to the degradation of chlorophene in the aquatic systems. Hydrolysis is expected not to be a major degradation pathway for chlorophene.

Table: Results of hydrolysis of chlorophene

Guideline /
Test method



Initial TS concentration, C0 [mg/L]

Reaction rate constant, Kh [d]

Half-life, DT50

Coefficient of correlation, r2


EU method Annex V, C7 (92/69/EEC)

4, 7, 9


62.5 mg a.s./L

pH 4:
no dissipation

pH 7:
0.0156 day-1

pH 9:
0.0186 day-1

pH 4:
no dissipation

pH 7:
44.4 days

pH 9:
37.4 days


Greenwood (2003)