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Lotus corniculatus, extract clears Screening assessment in Canada


Risk assessment ecotoxicology CEPA

As per section 74 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health have conducted a screening assessment of Lotus corniculatus extract. This substance was identified as a priority for assessment, as it met the categorization criteria under subsection 73(1) of CEPA. Lotus corniculatus is a plant that is also known by the common name ‘bird's-foot trefoil’.  

The ecological risk of Lotus corniculatus extract was characterized using the ecological risk classification of organic substances (ERC), a risk-based approach that employs multiple metrics for both hazard and exposure, with weighted consideration of multiple lines of evidence for determining risk classification.  

Considering all available lines of evidence presented in this screening assessment, there is a low risk of harm to the environment from Lotus corniculatus extract. It is concluded that Lotus corniculatus extract does not meet the criteria under paragraph 64(a) or (b) of CEPA, as it is not entering the environment in a quantity, concentration or under conditions that have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity. Also, the quantity does or may not constitute danger to the environment on which life depends. 

The general population of Canada may be exposed to Lotus corniculatus extract through the use of cosmetics, including body lotion and lip balm. 

The Government of Canada is accepting comments on the draft screening assessment for 60 days, until 13th October.