On June 9 June, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) made its views known on the proposal to classify titanium dioxide as a 1B carcinogen, presented by France in May 2016.
The release is available at the following link.
The RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence is insufficient to classify titanium dioxide as a 1B carcinogen, but allow the classification of the substance as suspected of causing cancer by inhalation (2 category).
The classification typology identified by the RAC will definitely have a smaller impact than the one, more restrictive, originally proposed by France; However, it is still necessary to carry out the necessary studies with reference to the various industrial sectors involved in the production and / or use of the substance to assess the impact of any possible classification in the 2 category.
The RAC's opinion will be formalized by ECHA in September, discussed politically by the CARACAL (Committee of the competent authorities REACH and CLP) and finally submitted to the European Commission for the final decision, which will only produce its effects after Publication in the Official Journal of the EU.