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Miljörisk: Användning av ropinirol har bedömts medföra försumbar risk för miljöpåverkan.
Nedbrytning: Ropinirol är potentiellt persistent.
Bioackumulering: Ropinirol har låg potential att bioackumuleras.

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Detaljerad miljöinformation

Detailed background information

Environmental Risk Classification

Predicted Environmental Concentration (PEC)

PEC is calculated according to the following formula:

PEC (μg/L) = (A*109*(100-R))/(365*P*V*D*100) = 1.5*10-6*A(100-R)

PEC = 9.87 x 10-4 μg/L


A = 6.58  kg (total sold amount API in Sweden year 2019, data from IQVIA). Reduction of A may be justified based on metabolism data.

R = 0% removal rate (conservatively, it has been assumed there is no loss by adsorption to sludge particles, by volatilization, hydrolysis or biodegradation)

P = number of inhabitants in Sweden = 9 *106

V (L/day) = volume of wastewater per capita and day = 200 (ECHA default) (Ref. I)

D = factor for dilution of waste water by surface water flow = 10 (ECHA default) (Reference 1)

Predicted No Effect Concentration (PNEC)

Ecotoxicological studies

Green Algae (Selenastrum capricornutum):

IC50 96h (growth) = 29,300 μg/L (OECD 201) (Reference 8, 9)

NOEC = 8,800 μg/L

Water flea (Daphnia magna):

Acute toxicity

EC50 48 h (immobility) = 41,100 μg/L (OECD 202) (Reference 16)

Water flea (Ceriodaphnia dubia):

Chronic toxicity

NOEC 8 days (reproduction) = 3,200 μg/L (USEPA 1002) (Reference 15)

Bluegill Sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus):

Acute toxicity

LC50 96 h (lethality) = 33,000 μg/L (OECD 203) (Reference 14)

NOEC = 3,700 μg/L

Chronic toxicity

No data

Other ecotoxicity data:

Microorganisms in activated sludge:

EC50 3 h (inhibition) = 500,000 μg/L @ 3 hrs (OECD 209) (Reference 11)

PNEC = 3,200/50 = 64 μg/L

PNEC (µg/L) = lowest NOEC/50, where 50 is the assessment factor applied for two long-term NOECs. NOEC for ceriodaphnia (= 3,200 µg/L) has been used for this calculation since it is the lowest value from all species tested.

Environmental risk classification (PEC/PNEC ratio)

PEC/PNEC = 9.87 x 10-4 /64 = 1.54 x 10-5, i.e. PEC/PNEC ≤ 0.1 which justifies the phrase “Use of ropinirole has been considered to result in insignificant environmental risk.”


Biotic degradation

Ready degradability:

No data

Inherent degradability:

< 10% degradation in 28 days (TAD 3.11). (Reference 12-13)

Abiotic degradation


50% degradation @25oC in 163 days (pH 7.4) (TAD 3.09). (Reference 10)


50% degradation in 433-13,700 days (TAD 3.10). (Reference 10)

Justification of chosen degradation phrase:

Ropinirole is not considered readily or inherently degradable in microbial degradation tests. However, in alga toxicity and degradation tests the material has been shown to be degraded by green alga with a measured half-life of 8.2 days. The material may not be degraded in wastewater treatment but is expected to be degraded in surface water by alga (Reference 3-9). However, the relevant degradation products have not been identified and ecotoxicity has not been characterised. The phrase “Ropinirole is potentially persistent” is thus chosen.


Partitioning coefficient:

Log Dow = 0.07 at pH 6.9 (TAD 3.02). (Reference 10)

Log Dow at pH 4.9 = -0.93

Log Dow at pH 6.9 = 0.07

Log Dow at pH 9.1 = 2.08

Log Dow at pH 11.5 = 2.13

Justification of chosen bioaccumulation phrase:

Since log Dow < 4 at pH 7, the substance has low potential for bioaccumulation.

Excretion (metabolism)

Ropinirole is primarily cleared by the cytochrome P450 enzyme, CYP1A2, and its metabolites are mainly excreted in the urine. The major metabolite is at least 100 times less potent than ropinirole in animal models of dopaminergic function.

Ropinirole is cleared from the systemic circulation with an average elimination half-life of approximately 6 hours. The increase in systemic exposure (Cmax and AUC) to ropinirole is approximately proportional over the therapeutic dose range. No change in the oral clearance of ropinirole is observed following single and repeated oral administration. Wide inter-individual variability in the pharmacokinetic parameters has been observed (Reference 2).

PBT/vPvB assessment

Ropinirole does not fulfil the criteria for PBT and/or vBvP.

All three properties, i.e. ‘P’, ‘B’ and ‘T’ are required in order to classify a compound as PBT (Reference 1). Ropinirole does not fulfil the criteria for PBT and/or vBvP based on log Dow < 4.

Please, also see Safety data sheets on http://www.msds-gsk.com/ExtMSDSlist.asp.


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