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Fair

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AMMONIUM POLYACRYLATE


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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

About AMMONIUM POLYACRYLATE: Ammonium Polyacrylate is an ammonium salt of Polyacrylic Acid (q.v.).

Function(s): Emulsion Stabilizer; Film Former; FILM FORMING; STABILISING; SURFACTANT

Synoym(s): 2-PROPENOIC ACID, HOMOPOLYMER, AMMONIUM SALT; 2PROPENOIC ACID, HOMOPOLYMER, AMMONIUM SALT; ACRYLIC ACID POLYMER AMMONIUM SALT; AMMONIUM SALT 2-PROPENOIC ACID, HOMOPOLYMER; AMMONIUM SALT POLY (ACRYLIC ACID) ; HOMOPOLYMER AMMONIUM SALT 2-PROPENOIC ACID; POLY (ACRYLIC ACID) , AMMONIUM SALT

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

Concern Reference
Considered safe based on assumption of low absorptionCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
1,299 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Contamination concerns

Impurity Score
METHACRYLIC ACID
Data: Fair
ACRYLIC ACID
Data: Fair
2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE
Data: Limited

Data Sources

CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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