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EU Court Shoots Down TiO2 Hazard Classification, Opening Door For Future Challenges

Executive Summary

Titanium dioxide stakeholders argued successfully in the Court of Justice of the European Union that TiO2’s hazard classification in 2020 under the CLP was based on shoddy science and a flawed interpretation of EU law. The industry win comes as the European Commission is finalizing a regulation to establish new CLP hazard classes, including for endocrine disruptors.

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