Proposed amendment to a regulation on titanium dioxide: Letter to the European Commission

In April 2019 the Special Rapporteur addressed a letter to the European Commission (OL OTH 21/2019) expressing concern about a proposed amendment to a regulation on titanium dioxide that would define specific labelling obligations for mixtures containing titanium dioxide and its potential implications for the rights to health and information in EU Member States. The Draft Commission Regulation sought to amend, for the purposes of a 14th Adaptation to Technical and Scientific Progress (ATP), Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation), specifically with regard to a proposed amendment of Annexes II and III to the CLP Regulation by defining the labelling obligations.

According to the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) of the World Health Organization, titanium dioxide, which is found in some products such as sun screen, food colouring, and paints, is recognized as a possible carcinogen to humans. The Special Rapporteur also offered to discuss further with the European Commission how to better integrate human rights considerations in the management of toxic chemicals and wastes.