EC Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)

The European Commission has formally requested an evaluation of titanium dioxide from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The SCCS had previously assessed titanium dioxide in 2013 and determined that at a concentration up to 25%, it posed no risk to people when used as a UV-filter. However, they considered it unsuitable for use in spray products.

 

 

The SCCS has received further data from the nanotechnology industry to reassess titanium dioxide as a UV-filter and spray at concentrations up to 5.5%, and will use this to evaluate its safety and effectiveness. Specifically, in light of the data provided, SCCS will determine:

  • Does SCCS consider titanium dioxide (nano) safe when used as UV-filter in sunscreens and personal spray products at a concentration up to 5.5%?
  • Does SCCS have any further scientific concerns regarding the use of titanium dioxide (nano) when used as UV-Filter in sunscreens and personal care spray products?

 

Further information is provided in the request for a scientific opinion.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER SAFETY (SCCS) Request for a scientific opinion: Titanium Dioxide (nano) as UV-Filter in sunscreens and personal care spray products (CAS/EC numbers 13463-67-7/236-675-5, 1317-70-0/205-280-2, 1317-80-2/215-282-2) (PDF, 171 KB)

 

NIA – Nanotechnology Industries Association (18.09.2015). European Commission Science Committee on Consumer Safety to Evaluate Nano Titanium Dioxide (http://www.nanotechia.org/news/)

 

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