In an article published on January 30, 2020, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informed that the European Parliament has rejected a political group’s request to object to the proposed classification of titanium dioxide (TiO2; CAS 13463-67-7) as a category 2 carcinogen. Results from the vote showed 434 members against the objection, 177 in favor, and 39 who abstained.
The classification proposal was adopted in October 2019 to classify TiO2 based on its inhalation hazard (FPF reported). The rejected motion was the European Conservatives and Reformists’ second attempt to object to the proposed classification following a first attempt that failed within the European Parliament’s environmental committee in December 2019. This was the last opportunity to object to the proposal before the scrutiny period ends on February 4, 2020. The European Commission will now seek formal approval from the European Parliament and Council of Ministers. The classification with then come into force 18 months later.
Update: On February 18, 2020, the European Commission published the regulation with the classification. It will enter into force after 20 days, and harmonized classifications will apply from September 9, 2021.
Chemical Watch (January 30, 2020). “EU Parliament rejects titanium dioxide classification objection.”
Clelia Oziel (February 18, 2020). “European Commission publishes titanium dioxide classification.” Chemical Watch