Source: SPECIALIST PRINTING WORLDWIDE : ISSUE 4/2019
Frank Toma shares the latest news about the classification of titanium dioxide
As reported in “Specialist Printing Worldwide” issue 3, 2017, there was a proposal by the French Anses (Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire, de l’alimentation, de ’environnement et du travail) in November 2015 for a harmonised classification of titanium dioxide, a commonly-used white pigment, as an inhalative carcinogen (Carc. 1B – H350i). While the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) of the ECHA disagreed with the Anses due to a lack of reliable evidence, they still recommended a harmonised classification as a suspected inhalative carcinogen (Carc. 2 – H351). The RAC recommendation found its way into the 14 ATP (Adaption to Technical Progress) of the CLP, which was now ratified by the European commission. Accordingly, there will be a new entry in table 3 of Annex VI for ‘titanium dioxide; [in a powder form containing 1% or more of particles with diameter ≤ 10 microns]’, stating a harmonised classification of Carc. 2 with the H351 and the pictogram GHS 08.