CLP Classification of Titanium dioxide
Titanium dioxide is the most frequently produced and used pigment worldwide. The annual production volume is approximately 7.2 million tons (as of 2016). Due to the immense importance of titanium dioxide for the pigment and filler industry and its wide range of applications, a large number of the products represented in the VdMi are directly or indirectly affected by the classification. The VdMi has therefore accompanied the classification process from the beginning in 2016 and regularly informs about the consequences for the industry, but also for the consumer.
The classification was published on 18 February 2020 in the 14th ATP (EU No. 2020/217). At the end of the transition period on 1 October 2021, the classification must be implemented throughout the supply chain.
The VdMi rejects the classification of titanium dioxide as carcinogenic, as it considers it neither scientifically justified nor appropriate. In our view, this classification was used to classify an individual substance on the basis of substance-unspecific, general particle effects. This is not within the meaning of the CLP Regulation. The classification of titanium dioxide can also be used as a precedent for many other substances. VdMi's detailed position on the classification can be found here.
Even though the consequences cannot yet be finally assessed in all areas, we would like to provide a first overview of the most important topics with our FAQ brochure on classification. In addition, the VdMi is significantly involved in the Forum Titandioxid (German only), which provides information on the handling of products containing titanium dioxide.