On the 21 January 2010 the European Commission’s DG Environment News Alert Service Science for Environment Policy published an article, entitled Safety of sunscreen pigments comes under scrutiny. The article is based on a new study reporting the finding of some evidence for DNA damage in mice induced by titanium dioxide nanoparticles.
The Commission’s article explains that, ‘[i]n the EU, existing legislation aims to prevent and progressively reduce pollution caused by waste from the titanium dioxide industry. However, there is currently not enough data to establish whether additional regulations are needed to safeguard human health’.
The original study, entitled Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Induce DNA Damage and Genetic Instability In vivo in Mice, has been published in the journal Cancer Research (Published Online First November 3, 2009; doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-2496).
Follow these links to access the original paper, or to download the full article in Science for Environment Policy.