Monday, December 9, 2019European Commission

Titanium dioxide: Europe's refusal to accept a revision of a classification project

Dioxyde de titane : Fin de non-recevoir de l'Europe sur une révision de projet de classification

On 4 October 2019, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation providing for the classification of certain powders containing titanium dioxide as a category 2 carcinogen by inhalation. This project has been challenged by several WTO (World Trade Organization) member countries. Response from the European Union: Thank you all for your contributions, but all available scientific data have been taken into account, and a review of this decision would only be possible if there were new ones…

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On 4 October 2019, the European Commission adopted the Delegated Regulation amending for the 14th time the CLP Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. In particular, this text provides for the addition of Titanium dioxide to its Annex VI, as a category 2 carcinogen by inhalation for mixtures placed on the market in powder form containing 1% or more of titanium dioxide particles with diameter ≤ 10 μm.

In response to the many criticisms and protests received within the framework of the WTO, the European Union sent a reply, which sounds like a refusal to accept any revision.

Statement by the European Union to the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade

1. And thank you to the Delegations of the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Russian Federation, Australia, Japan and New Zealand for their comments on the draft Regulation on hazard classification of several substances, including cobalt and titanium dioxide, amending the EU Regulation (EC) No.1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation).

2. Titanium dioxide and cobalt have been included in the 2018 Adaptation to Technical and scientific Progress (ATP) amending the CLP Regulation. Several discussions on the classification of …

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