Titanium Dioxide Used In Many Scanning Sprays To Be Labelled Suspected Carcinogen

New labelling requirement for permanent sprays, using in optical scanning applications, that contain titanium dioxide are affected by a change in European regulations.

In a scientific opinion issued on 14 September 2017 on the substance titanium dioxide, the European Committee for Risk Assessment proposed to classify that substance as carcinogen category 2 by inhalation. Based on this opinion, titanium dioxide has now officially received its carcinogenicity classification from the EU CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation).

The classification as a carcinogen by inhalation applies only to mixtures in powder form containing 1% or more of titanium dioxide which is in the form of or incorporated in particles with aerodynamic diameter ≤ 10 μm. This criterion, in the opinion of TetraVision BVBA, is met by many of the sprays used for scanning containing titanium dioxide.

In addition, the phrase EUH211: “Warning! Hazardous respirable droplets may be formed when sprayed. Do not breathe spray or mist.” must be applied to product labelling. Safety data sheets will need to be updated and products labeled accordingly before the implementation deadline in September 2021.

Based on this drastic change, it is expected that many companies will search for less harmful permanent spray alternatives for their employees use.

TetraVision BVBA has announced that its AESUB white, an alternative pigment spray, is 100% free of titanium dioxide nano particles (TiO2).

For more information: www.tetravision.be