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Data: Limited

Polyquaternium 5

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

SYNONYMS

ACRYLAMIDE, DIMETHYLAMINOETHYL METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, DIMETHYL SULFATE QUATERNIZED; ACRYLAMIDE, N,N,N-TRIMETHYL-2-[(2-METHYL-1-OXO-2-PROPENYL]OXY]ETHANAMINIUM METHYL SULFATE POLYMER; ETHANAMINIUM, N,, CHLOINE, METHYL SULFATE, METHACRYLATE, POLYMER WITH ACRYLAMIDE, ETHANAMINIUM, N,N,N-TRIMETHYL-2-[(2-METHYL-1-OXO-2-PROPENYL)OXY]-, METHYL SULFATE, POLYMER WITH, ETHANAMINIUM, N,N,NTRIMETHYL2[(2METHYL1OXO2PROPENYL)OXY], METHYL SULFATE, POLYMER WITH 2PROPENAMIDE, METHACRYLATE POLYMER WITH ACRYLAMIDE CHLOINE, METHYL SULFATE, METHYL SULFATE POLYMER WITH ETHANAMINIUM, N,N,N-TRIMETHYL-2-[(2-METHYL-1-OXO-2-PROPENYL)OXY]-, POLYMER WITH ACRYLAMIDE CHLOINE, METHYL SULFATE, METHACRYLATE, POLYMER WITH ETHANAMINIUM, N,N,N-TRIMETHYL-2-[(2-METHYL-1-OXO-2-PROPENYL)OXY]-, METHYL SULFATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-5, and QUATERNIUM-39

Polyquaternium-5 is a copolymer of acrylamide and beta-methacrylyloxyethyl trimethyl ammonium methosulfate.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • MODERATE
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humansEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Use restrictions

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Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - anyCosIng

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information availableFDA Everything Added to Food

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
0 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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