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No relevant information is available on the toxicity of heptanol to soil organisms. Therefore, the EPM strategy was applied to soil risk assessment, following the rules set out in the integrated testing strategy (ITS) detailed in section R.7.11.6., Chapter R.7c of the ECHA Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment (version 2.0, November 2014). No relevant terrestrial toxicity study is available for derivation of a PNECsoil. Therefore, a “soil hazard category” was assigned to heptanol. Heptanol is not very toxic to aquatic organisms and is readily biodegradable. In addition, both n-octanol/water partition and adsorption/desorption coefficients are lower than 3. Therefore, heptanol is considered “Hazard category 1”. For this category, it is a standard requirement that the EPM can be used in the screening assessment. If the PEC/PNECscreen ratio is lower than 1, then “no toxicity testing for soil organisms needs to be done”, as stated in the R.7c Guidance. The RCR resulting from the PNECsoil derived via EPM is lower than 1. This information is presented in the CSA. Therefore, following the rules set out in section R.7.11.6., Chapter R.7c of the ECHA Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment (version 2.0, November 2014), and in accordance with the REACh regulation EC 1907/2006 annexes IX and X, section 9.4, column 2, no testing on terrestrial organisms is needed.

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