Titanium dioxide a suspected carcinogen, says EU

An EU decision to classify the white pigment titanium dioxide as suspected of causing cancer by inhalation has sparked opposition from industry.

The substance is used in industrial and commercial applications, particularly in paints and coatings, where its whiteness and brightness provide key advantages that cannot be achieved using other materials, says the industry. The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA), a division of European chemicals industry group Cefic, described the EU decision as “costly and pointless”.          

The amendment to the EU Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation, published last month, will require products to bear a health hazard warning from October 2021. Two EU member states objected to the controversial proposal late last year.

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