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Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Final Regulatory Action
Alachlor CAS number:
Date circular:

Chemical name: Acetamide, 2-chloro-N-(2,6-diethylphenyl)-N-(methoxymethyl)-

Final regulatory action has been taken for the category: Pesticide

Final regulatory action: The chemical is Banned

Use or uses prohibited by the final regulatory action:

Pesticide use or uses that remain allowed:

All uses and formulations are prohibited.

The final regulatory action was based on a risk or hazard evaluation: No

Summary of the final regulatory action:

The Pesticide Supervisory Board prohibited this pesticide for import from 22 December 2008 and the use of this chemical in the country will be banned from 23 September 2011.

The reasons for the final regulatory action were relevant to: Human health and environment

Summary of known hazards and risks to human health:

Two long-term dietary studies in the rat indicated an increase in the incidence of adenomas and adenocarcinomas in the nasal turbinates, and of stomach tumours at a number of doses.
A long-term dietary mouse study indicated a statistically significant number of lung tumours in females at the highest dose.
Based on the above results alachlor was deemed an animal carcinogen with potential as a human carcinogen.
The primary concern was occupational exposure but the presence of alachor in ground water, with further potential of contamination, increased concerns of exposure.
Determined that use of alachlor represents an unacceptable risk of harm to public health.

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to human health:

Reduction of risks for human and environment.

Summary of known hazards and risks to the environment:

There is not statistical risk assessment in the country.

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to the environment:

Reduction of risk

Date of entry into force of the final regulatory action: 22/12/2008