2-Ethoxyethanol acetate

CAS Registry Number 111-15-9

What is it?

  • 2-Ethoxyethanol acetate is an industrial chemical.

How is it used?

  • 2-Ethoxyethanol acetate is used primarily as a solvent. It is also used in paints, coatings, and cleaning solutions for industrial applications.
  • Based on the most recent data available, 2-ethoxyethanol acetate is not manufactured in Canada, but is imported into Canada.

Why did the Government of Canada assess it?

  • 2-Ethoxyethanol acetate was identified as a potential concern for human health based on its classification by an international organization as a substance that may cause harm to the developing fetus and may also impair fertility, and based on what was believed to be a high potential for exposure to Canadians.

How are Canadians exposed to it?

  • There were no reports of current uses in consumer products. As a result, exposure of the general population in Canada to 2-ethoxyethanol acetate is expected to be very low.

What is the Government of Canada doing?

  • The Government of Canada conducted a science-based evaluation of 2-ethoxyethanol acetate, called a screening assessment.
  • The Government of Canada's final assessment concludes that exposure to 2-ethoxyethanol acetate is not considered to be harmful to human health.
  • Although Canadians' exposure is currently considered to be very low, the Government of Canada is taking action so that exposure remains low.
  • The Government of Canada will consider implementing a Significant New Activity or SNAc provision for 2-ethoxyethanol acetate. This would require that any proposed new uses of 2-ethoxyethanol acetate would be subject to further assessment before this new activity would be allowed.
  • The final screening assessment was published on March 7, 2009.

What should Canadians do?

  • Because 2-ethoxyethanol acetate does not pose a risk to human health or the environment, Canadians do not need to take any specific actions to reduce their exposure.

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