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15
Nov
2017

TiO² - Proposed classification of Titanium dioxide

Since last year UNIEP has been following very closely together with CEPE (European Association of Paint Manufacturers) the European Commission’s proposal for harmonizing the classification of Titanium Dioxide (TiO²).

Last June, it was concluded that TiO² should be classified as a carcinogen.

The research and experimentation carried on till now on TiO², which is the most important raw material in the production of paints and coatings, show that the potential for carcinogenicity by inhalation is related to the effects of inhaling the chemically inert dust. It is not a substance-specific or shape effect, therefore industry questions whether TiO² falls within the scope of the CLP Regulation (on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures).

In view of the CARACAL meeting that took place on 15th November, CEPE has drafted a position paper that we publish to give an overview of the issue currently being discussed. Here you can also find CEPE's comments to the meeting.


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