Future Use Of Titanium Dioxide In Spray And Powder Cosmetics Hinges On SCCS Review
As of 5 February, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety is evaluating use of titanium dioxide – now officially classified as a Category 2 carcinogen in the EU – in cosmetic products that can expose consumers by way of inhalation. Without a favorable SCCS opinion, the ingredient’s use in those contexts will be banned under Article 15 of the Cosmetics Regulation.
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The European Commission issued requests on 4 February for updated opinions from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety on octocrylene, homosalate and benzophenone-3, in light of concerns that led to their listing in 2019 as “higher priority” substances used in cosmetics with endocrine-disrupting potential.
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.