IRIS Toxicological Review of Acrolein (2003 Final)

EPA is announcing the release of the final report, Toxicological Review of Acrolein: in support of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). The updated Summary for Acrolein and accompanying Quickview have also been added to the IRIS Database.

Acrolein is a colorless to yellowish flammable liquid with a disagreeable, choking odor. The principal use of acrolein is as an intermediate in the synthesis of acrylic acid, which is used to make acrylates, and of DL-methionine, an essential amino acid used as an animal feed supplement. The most important direct use of acrolein is as a biocide: it is used as a herbicide and to control algae, aquatic weeds and mollusks in recirculating process water systems. Combustion of fuels represents a major source of emissions of acrolein to the atmosphere. No chronic studies of humans exposed to acrolein are available.


U.S. EPA. IRIS Toxicological Review of Acrolein (2003 Final). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, 2003.


May 2003EPA released the final tox report and summary document and posted these to the IRIS database

This document has been reviewed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.