On May 31, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released the proposal made by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) to classify titanium dioxide as a carcinogen by inhalation under the Classification, Labeling and Packaging regulation in the European Union (EU). This classification is inconsistent with other authoritative declarations around the world that have evaluated the same hazard data, which data includes the review of various studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which issued a “Monograph on Cancer Risk from Titanium Dioxide” exposures in 2010. In addition, the classification for titanium dioxide was assessed by the industry as part of the REACH Registration dossier submission in 2010. This involved an extensive reviewof all available scientific data,which has since been updated with new findings and subsequent studies. Based on assessment of these high quality studies, industry and consultant experts have concluded that titaniumdioxide should not be classified in any of its forms for any end points, including as a carcinogen by inhalation.
The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA) and the Titanium Dioxide Industry Consortium (TDIC) are actively engaged in rebutting the ANSES proposal and have submitted a detailed science based response to the ANSES proposal on behalf of the titanium dioxide industry. The TDMA’s position statement and more information about the ANSES proposal and the TDMA’s response can be found at http://www.tdma.info/. This position statement will be periodically updated as new information becomes available. The industry intends to supplement its science-based response with a socioeconomic analysis of the proposed classification. This analysis will present the broader impact and consequences of the proposal for consideration by those EU member state representatives who will ultimately decide the outcome of the proposal.
As a member of the TDMA, Kronos is actively engaged in support of the efforts undertaken by the TDMA and the TDIC to defeat the ANSES proposal and reaffirm the titaniumdioxide industry’s science-based position that classification of titanium dioxide as a carcinogen is not supported or appropriate.