EU experts deem TiO2 a ‘suspected’ carcinogen

A decision by ECHA’s risk assessment committee on titanium dioxide has limited the likely regulatory consequences to industry

A sample of titanium dioxide powder, used in a variety of products from paint to sunscreenThe ubiquitous colouring agent, food additive and industrial mineral titanium dioxide (TiO2) should be treated as a potential agent of respiratory cancer, according to EU experts.

Current evidence justifies classifying TiO2 as a suspected (or category 2) carcinogen by inhalation under the 2008 EU Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation, the European Chemicals Agency’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) concluded at a meeting on 9 June.

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