On January 30th, the European Union’s Environmental Commission has voted on the motion to stop the proposal of the new harmonized classification of titanium dioxide as CMR by amendment of Annex VI of Regulation (EC) 1272⁄2008 (CLP).
The motion specifies the following:
- Objects to the Commission delegated regulation
- Considers that the Commission delegated regulation should not have been adopted in accordance with the CLP Regulation, given that it applies to substances that are hazardous due to their individual properties and a more comprehensive and detailed evaluation of TiO2 is still in progress under the REACH Regulation
- Considers that the Commission delegated regulation goes beyond what is necessary and proportionate to address possible health risks arising from workplace exposure to TiO2 powder and risks stigmatizing the substance in other forms as being unsafe
- Calls on the Commission to withdraw the delegated regulation and to consider other options such as a harmonized occupational exposure limit (OEL) for TiO2 within the framework of the occupational health legislation
- Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission and to notify it that the delegated regulation cannot enter into force
- Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and to the governments and parliaments of the Member States