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Publication of EU titanium dioxide classification law imminent

Attempts to overturn the decision have been rejected...

The European Commission will publish its delegated Regulation containing the classification of titanium dioxide as a carcinogen on 17 February, sources at the EU executive have said.

Attempts to overturn the controversial decision were rejected twice by MEPs during an extended scrutiny period, which ended on 4 February.

The last vote took place at a plenary session of the European Parliament on 30 January, when 177 were in favour of a motion to object the classification, but 434 against with 39 abstentions.

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) tabled the motion despite its rejection by parliament's environment committee (Envi) in early December.

The delegated Regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

There is typically a deferred application of 18 months for all substances, from the date of entry into force, with a new or updated harmonised classification listed in Annex VI of the CLP Regulation. However, substances and mixtures may be classified, labelled and packaged in accordance with that Regulation before that date on a voluntary basis.

The Commission adopted the Regulation containing the category 2 classification of inhalable powder forms of titanium dioxide on 4 October in the face of opposition from numerous stakeholders in the EU and elsewhere.

Chemical Watch - 10 February 2020 / Classification, CLP Regulation, CMRs, Europe


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