Report reveals questionable links between member states and chemical industry

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In a new report, Corporate Europe Observatory takes another stab at the lengthy case of titanium dioxide classification in the European Union, and exposes how member states defend their chemical industries by pushing for weaker legislation.

ChemSec wrote about the case a year ago, the day before the REACH Committee was to discuss the classification and potential labelling of the substance.

“The main problem is if the Commission does not follow the recommendations from the scientific committee, but bows to industry pressure. Classification and labelling must be based solely on intrinsic properties and not on socio-economic considerations”, Frida Hök, Senior Policy Advisor at ChemSec, said at the time.

It all started back in 2016 when France submitted a request to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to classify titanium dioxide as a “carcinogen by inhalation”, which would be enough to identify it as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and list it on the REACH Candidate List. 



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