The EPA has published a final report on Titanium Dioxide safety in their report titled, “Nanomaterial Case Studies: Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Water Treatment and in Topical Sunscreen.” You can download the entire 204 page report here.
Update on Imminent Prop 65 Listing of Titanium Dioxide
It is expected that within the next several days the International Agency for Research on Cancer is going to issue its final monograph on Titanium Dioxide. Once the IARC monograph is finalized, assuming there is no change in their current position, Titanium Dioxide will be subject to listing under California’s Prop 65, on the basis that some industrial exposures to the chemical, most particularly the manufacture of the chemical, may present a risk. The exposures which may be identified do not represent those presented by cosmetic uses. Studies reviewed by IARC of cosmetic uses of this ingredient, for exam ple, in sunscreens, were found to present no risk. In fact, the FDA, in sunscreen proceedings, has found use of this ingredient to be both safe and effective.
The link to the IARC monograph can be found at here.
Although we have been informed that both Governor Brown’s transition team and OEHHA have already decided to proceed with the public notice and comment period process, which will allow exemptions and risk levels to be considered, we are now asking you, our California Members, to contact BY E-MAIL Governor Brown’s transition team and the Chief Counsel of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to request that action be taken to insure that consideration of listing titanium dioxide be conducted through a proceeding that provides the interested public with reasonable notice and an opportunity to comment.
This is an important matter and it needs to be handled according. It is particularly important in light of the findings of IARC and the FDA’s approved uses of this ingredient in foods, cosmetics, and over the counter drugs.
Governor Brown’s transition team contacts:
Ken Paul Alex: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cliff Rechtschaffen: email@example.com
California Office of Environmental Health Hazard and Assessment contact:
Carol Monahan-Cummings, Chief Counsel of OEHHA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send a copy of any e-mail to ICMAD, using email@example.com as the recipient.
The webpage for OEHHA also allows interested parties to sign up to receive notices of public meetings, which also provide contact information. We recommend that members who wish to be kept informed of any actions on titanium dioxide register for the Prop 65 listserv. The page can be found here. at: http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html