In an expert hearing (CARACAL) last week, several EU Member States rejected the classification of titanium dioxide as carcinogenic. However, the Commission has announced that it will continue the process anyway.
A total of nine EU Member States have rejected the regulatory package for various reasons. However, it is not the case that the rejecting countries all reject the classification for the same reasons. There are, for example, countries that tend to reject labelling in principle, but there are also a few that regard labelling as too lax.
On the other hand, six Member States voted in favour. The Commission’s current proposal provides that liquid mixtures should not be labelled, but powder coatings should be.
Under new procedural rules, however, the Commission can also decide on the classification itself without the agreement of the Member States, which it probably intends to do. It remains controversial, however, whether the EU Commission is obliged to carry out a prior impact assessment, as the industry demands. Industry representatives criticised in particular the unintended consequences of the classification. In the meantime, there is increasing pressure on the Commission to first analyse the consequences of classification. An appeal has been signed by 300 companies and associations.
According to a recent announcement by the German Press Agency (dpa), the Commission plans to take the formal decision as early as October. After that, the industry would be granted at least 20 months’ notice to implement the obligation.