2020 GA Meeting May 6th Postponed to November 4th due to COVID 19


The 2019 GA meeting which took place on Wednesday 8 May 2019 in Madrid, Spain was a resounding success. Hosted by FerroGlobe, the meeting which lasted 4 hours saw several deliberations related to the consortium governace, dossier updates and classification & labelling. Some key decisions taken by way of vote are as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Executive Committee: A new Chairmanand  a new 2nd Vice Chairman were appointed, meanwhile the 1st Vice Chiarman was maintained to enure continuity
  • Dossier updates: Reveal changes in classification and labelling if compared to the 2010 submitted dossiers
  • Approval of the 2018 workplan and budget
  • Brexit and data: Mara will continue to support REACH registration inside and outside the EU (UK REACH inclusive) but at a charge yet to be determined

Manganese carbonate (EC: 209-942-9; Cas 598-62-9)- Testing Proposal

In 2018 - 2019: Review of available data on reproductive and developmetal toxicity and conerns highlighted from ECHA regarding the Japanese GHS classification for these endpoints. 

Outcome of reveiw - in summary

Developmental toxicity data  and the two generation reproductive toxicity data in the rat on the read-across substance manganese dichloride resulted in no classification. Although readacross is acceptable, there was no second species data for these endpoints on any inorganic Mn- based substance. A pilot study was therefore initated in the rabbit. Although the total number of rabbits used was very small, it identified  that exposure up to the limit dose of 1000 mg/kg/day in non-pregnant rabbits was generally well tolerated for 14 days. However, this was not the case for pregnant rabbits. Embryo-foetal toxicity  was observed at dose levels ≥ 150 mg/kg/day (decreased embryo-foetal survival) but only in the presence of overt, excessive maternal toxicity which manifested as premature mortality, with an associated decline in clinical condition, body weight loss and inappetence (150 mg/kg/day was associated with maternal mortality of 50 %). ECHA CLP guidance1 (Annex I: defines that “maternal mortality greater than 10 % is considered excessive and the data from that dose level shall not normally be considered further for evaluation”.

Hence, it is justified to consider that although identifying findings of concern in a limited data set, the preliminary study does not provide sufficient data for basis of classification owing to the excessive maternal toxicity apparent at all dose levels where embryo-foetal effects are apparent.

In order to clarify this concern it is recommended that a full OECD Guideline 414 study is conducted in the rabbit - based on this, an appriorpiate testing proporsal will be submitted in the next dossier update - Q4 2020


For more information contact: reach@manganese.org

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