European Commission safety assessment of titanium dioxide in cosmetics

The European Commission has issued a mandate to the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) to undertake a review of the safety of titanium dioxide (TiO2) in cosmetics. The SCCS approved this mandate on 22 June 2022 and it is expected to adopt its final opinion by end of March 2023.

The cosmetics industry and the Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA) have submitted a comprehensive set of scientific data demonstrating the safety of TiO2 in cosmetics. The TDMA is confident that the SCCS will reassert its latest opinion that TiO2 in cosmetics is safe.

The TDMA also calls on the SCCS to take into due account the new state of the science report of Health Canada, the national health policy department of the Canadian government, which concluded that TiO2 as a food additive (E171) is safe for human consumption. Health Canada’s assessment fully addresses the uncertainties generated by the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) 2021 opinion on E171, carrying out a comprehensive review of the available science on TiO2 as a food additive and new data generated after the EFSA opinion.

The TDMA will continue to engage with the scientific authorities to provide its expertise in the process and make sure all the relevant evidence and best practices are used in the context of the SCCS’s review.

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