The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA) is aware that ECHA has received a dossier from the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) proposing a harmonised classification (CLH) for Titanium Dioxide as carcinogen 1B by inhalation, (H350i). The public consultation on this proposal has started on the 31st of May and it will run until the 15th of July. Click here to visit the ECHA website for more information.
The classification for Titanium Dioxide was assessed by the industry as part of the REACH Registration dossier submission in 2010. This involved an extensive review of all available scientific data and, since then, has been updated with new findings and subsequent studies. Based on assessment of the high quality studies, industry and consultant experts have concluded that Titanium Dioxide should not be classified in any of its forms for any end points. This is supported by the findings of epidemiology studies of 24,000 workers in 18 Titanium Dioxide manufacturing plants over several decades which showed no adverse health effects from occupational exposure.
The TDMA is currently carefully reviewing the ANSES proposal and will provide a detailed response to the ECHA public consultation.