Acetamide, 2-chloro- (Chloroacetamide)

CAS Registry Number 79-07-2

What is it?

  • Acetamide, 2-chloro-, also known as chloroacetamide, is an industrial chemical.

How is it used?

  • The use of chloroacetamide as a material preservative is regulated as a pesticide by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency. The registration of the single pest control product containing chloroacetamide, Parmetol K-50, was recently discontinued and the last day of use for this product is December 31, 2009.
  • Chloroacetamide has been previously used in Canada as a material preservative in paint, adhesive, dye-stuff, detergent, textiles and related industries.
  • No non-pesticidal uses of chloroacetamide in Canada have been reported.
  • Chloroacetamide is not manufactured in Canada, and is no longer manufactured, imported or sold as a pesticide in Canada. Chloroacetamide will also no longer be used as a pesticide in Canada after December 2009.

Why did the Government of Canada assess it?

  • Prior to the assessment, chloroacetamide was identified as a potential concern to human health based on its classification by international organizations as a substance which was found to impair fertility in laboratory animals, and based on a moderate potential for exposure to.

How are Canadians exposed to it?

  • Exposure of the general population in Canada to chloroacetamide is expected to be very low.

What are the results of the assessment?

  • The Government of Canada has conducted a science-based evaluation of chloroacetamide, called a screening assessment.
  • For non-pesticidal uses, the Government of Canada has concluded that chloroacetamide is not harmful to human health at current levels of exposure.

What is the Government of Canada doing?

  • Although the exposure of Canadians to non-pesticidal uses of chloroacetamide is very low, the Government of Canada is taking action so that exposure remains low.
  • The Government of Canada will propose to implement a Significant New Activity or SNAc provision for non-pesticidal uses of chloroacetamide.  This would require that any proposed new activity of chloroacetamide, when it is not in a pest control product, would be subject to further assessment before such an activity would be allowed.
  • Any future uses of chloroacetamide in a pest control product would also be subject to further assessment before the product could be sold or used in Canada.
  • Chloroacetamide is also on the Health Canada's Cosmetic Ingredient "Hotlist", which is linked to Government of Canada's requirement for the prohibition of substances in cosmetics that may cause injury.
  • The final screening assessment report was published on August 22, 2009.

What could Canadians do?

  • Because Canadians' exposure to chloroacetamide is expected to be very low, the Government of Canada is not currently recommending specific actions by Canadians to reduce their exposure.
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