Pigment Violet 29 risk management

The Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA) is working with value chain stakeholders to inform the development of a risk management rule for Pigment Violet 29 (PV29), one of the first 10 chemicals evaluated under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing regulatory measures as a result of the PV29 Risk Evaluation that concluded that 10 out of 14 conditions of use of PV29 pose an unreasonable risk to workers. In December 2021, CPMA submitted a study on particle size showing that PV29 particles are not found in the workplace in the nanoscale size that the EPA has determined to present an unreasonable risk. This assumption can potentially impact future evaluations for any chemical in particle form. 

In March 2022, the agency issued a revised risk determination for PV29, the second of the 10 evaluations to be reopened. In both draft evaluation revisions, the EPA changed its approach to apply the risk finding on the whole chemical rather than a use-by-use basis. If the revised evaluation is finalized, the four individual uses that were previously found to pose no unreasonable risk could potentially also face regulations and set a precedent for future evaluations. 

CPMA continues to actively engage with value chain stakeholders such as producers of pigments, dispersions, preparations and masterbatch to inform the regulatory process. 

Sector trends and product regulations 

Moving ahead in 2022, CPMA continues its webinar series, delivering expert insights on sector trends and product regulations. As part of a segment on packaging sector and sustainability trends, Dan Felton of the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment and Scott DeFife of the Glass Packaging Institute discussed new laws and efforts to finance and expand recycling capabilities. While packaging producer responsibility laws have existed in other jurisdictions such as Canada and the EU, new laws began emerging in the United States in summer 2021 in Maine and Oregon. Additional legislation on packaging responsibility and recycling content discussions are being held at the state and federal levels this year. 

As part of its March regulatory webinar, CPMA invited experts from Eurocolour to provide an in-depth look at new labeling requirements and impact on products containing titanium dioxide. For more information about CPMA’s webinar series, contact us at cpma@cpma.com

CPMA Global Value Chain Committee 

CPMA recently formed a Global Value Chain Committee to spearhead advocacy efforts and monitor issues impacting the color pigments value chain, including pigments, dispersions, preparations and masterbatch products. Key committee objectives include:

  • Advocating solutions to global supply chain disruptions through North American industry coalition
  • Development of color pigments industry sustainability framework
  • Development of regulatory guidance on product labeling laws 
  • Informing the Canada Ministries Framework for Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials     

For more information about CPMA programs and how to get engaged, contact CPMA Associate Director Tatiana Letcheva, at tatianaletcheva@cpma.com.

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