The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament has re-tabled a resolution objecting to the delegated act (annex) proposing to classify titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a suspected carcinogen (category 2) by inhalation. The European Parliament will discuss and vote on this motion for resolution in its plenary meeting on 29-30 January in Brussels.
TDMA understands that this resolution is very similar to the one submitted in December to the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. It objects to the proposal to classify TiO2 as it goes beyond what is necessary and proportionate to address any potential health risks arising from potential workplace exposure to TiO2 powder and risks stigmatising the substance in other forms as being unsafe.
To be approved, the resolution will need the support of a majority of the Members of the European Parliament, i.e. 376 votes. If the objection is adopted, it calls on the Commission to withdraw the delegated regulation and to consider other options such as a harmonised occupational exposure limit (OEL) for TiO2 within the framework of the occupational health legislation.
TDMA fundamentally disagrees with the proposed classification and has consistently made its views known throughout the regulatory discussion since 2017. TDMA continues to engage with the Authorities and will keep stakeholders updated as we learn more about developments of relevance during the scrutiny period.
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