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Lesotho - Final Regulatory Action
Chlordane CAS number:
Date circular:

Chemical name: 4,7-Methano-1H-indene, 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,8-octachloro-2,3,3a,4,7,7a-hexahydro-

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:

Importation, manufacture, handling, sale, transportation, use and storage in any form are prohibited

Pesticide use or uses that remain allowed:


The final regulatory action was based on a risk or hazard evaluation: Yes

Summary of the final regulatory action:

The acquisition and use of an agricultural remedy which contains
chlordane was prohibited as from the 16th June 2009

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

Summary of known hazards and risks to human health:

A child's room had been sprayed by an exterminator with insecticide containing
organophosphate and chlordane. The child was eight-and-a-half months old and
weighed 10 kg. Symptoms developed shortly and death followed four days after
A woman half-filled an 8 oz glass with toxichlor dust (58% chlordane with talc), added
water and swallowed it. She died nine days later. She had ingested 6 g of chlordane
(104 mg/kg).
A young woman spilled 100 ml of 25% chlordane solution on her dress. She died
within 40minutes. The dose of chlordane was 30 g.

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

Reduce exposure

Summary of known hazards and risks to the environment:

Highly toxic to freshwater fish, aquatic invertebrates, and birds
The biomagnification of chlordane in the environment in such organisms as algae, as
well as its low water solubility and persistence in water sediment, can result in
bioaccumulation in exposed organisms and possible biomagnification in the food chain.

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

Reduce exposure

Date of entry into force of the final regulatory action: 16/06/2009

This notification did not meet the requirements of Annex I to the Convention.