EU Eyeing Carcinogen Tag For Titanium Dioxide Under CLP Reg; Why It Matters For Cosmetics
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
TiO2's nano-form use in spray sunscreens is already prohibited in the EU under the Cosmetics Regulation, but broader restrictions potentially extending to other cosmetic categories could be imposed down the line following a proposal from ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment that the ingredient be CLP-classified as a suspected carcinogen when inhaled. There are also potential ramifications stateside to consider.
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Cosmetics Europe Director-General John Chave says whichever way the European Commission proceeds under its recently released sustainable chemicals strategy, there almost certainly will need to be changes to the Cosmetic Products Regulation. Chave counts the strategy among “the biggest legislative policy proposals affecting our sector probably ever.”
Reportedly, the Council of the European Union is considering member state objections and requests to extend the current scrutiny period beyond 4 December for a Commission delegated regulation that would classify titanium dioxide as a Category 2 carcinogen by inhalation. The move threatens to impact the marketing of sunscreens and other cosmetics in the EU that contain respirable TiO2 particles.
According to the consumer umbrella organization BEUC, the European Commission changed its tune last year on whether carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic substances are automatically prohibited from use in cosmetics, taking a direction that compromises public safety and invites legal challenges. The EC maintains it has provided procedural and legal clarity while upholding the Cosmetics Regulation's general CMR ban.