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by national and regional associations implementing
a sustainability program. A summary of the key issues
discussed at the 2017 meeting follows.
The titanium dioxide (TiO2) issue took centre stage. IPPIC
affirmed global interest in the proposed TiO2 hazard
classification under European Chemicals Agency (ECHA),
as it has the potential to result in unwarranted impacts
on voluntary standards and other consumer chemical
management programs. A final decision on the hazard
classification for TiO2 is expected towards the end of 2017.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction
of Chemicals (REACH) regulations allow for a 1–4-year
The issue of microplastics pollution and plastics in the
oceans is a rapidly developing issue for the United Nations
and governments across the globe.
While the current focuses in the European Union, United
States, Canada and Australia seek restrictions on the use of
plastic microbeads in products (particularly personal care
products), some concerns have been raised with respect
to microplastic particles that are generated by various
surface coatings preparation and the weather of painted
surfaces. Recognition of this issue is likely to advance,
and a focused subcommittee of the Industry Stewardship
Committee has been formed to address this issue and to
establish a clear path forward for all IPPIC members.
Product Stewardship Schemes
Various IPPIC members are either implementing schemes
to collect waste architectural and decorative (A&D) paints
(United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) or
have expressed interest in setting up their own schemes
(China and United Kingdom). Compared with existing
schemes, the Paintback scheme can claim to be the only
national voluntary industry-lead scheme globally.
The Secretariat report presented an update on IPPIC
activities on the UN initiative before the UN Lead Paint
Alliance (LPA) Advisory Group, and the ongoing efforts in
support of the LPA in Latin America, including the recent
IPPIC/ABRAFATI-sponsored workshops in Colombia.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the
World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat for the
LPA confirmed IPPIC members BCF, VdL, ABRAFATI and
APMF as new partners to the LPA. CPCA, ACA, JPMA and
BOSAD are still awaiting confirmation as partners.
Mica – Addressing Child Labour
Although largely unknown to consumers, mica is one of
the most widely used minerals globally, highly valued for its
ability to reflect and refract light and found in a multitude
of different products and industries. Roughly 25 percent of
the world’s mica is mined in the impoverished Indian states
of Jharkhand and Bihar, with an estimated 20,000 children
engaged in illegal child labour in mines.
Mica is a tough, flexible and transparent mineral that
can be ground to less than a micron sieve mesh. It is an
anti-friction, anti-fouling, anti-settling, anti-corrosive and
anti-tarnish agent. Mica acts as a reinforcing pigment to
reduce cracking, peeling and checking in the dry film,
and prevents shrinkage and shearing of the paint. Mica
particles brighten the tone of the coloured pigments and,
at the same time, transmit and reflect light, resulting in
proven decorative effects and design. It increases the
gloss of paint more effectively than spherical or irregularly
shaped filler particles of the same size. Mica also optimises
the effect of other pigments by ensuring that the pigment
particles are evenly spaced in the dried paint film.
Large automotive coatings companies, like PPG and
Axalta, and other large companies in the cosmetics
sector, have joined a global initiative to purge child labour
from the mica industry as it relates to their supply chains.
The global coatings industry, represented by IPPIC, has
also agreed to become a member of the Responsible
Mica Initiative (RMI) before September 2017 to support
anticipated efforts by RMI action groups and non-
government organisations on developing specifications,
a legal framework and increased advocacy with respect
to the use of child labour in the harvesting of mica. In
addition, IPPIC members agreed to promote RMI and its
goals to relevant member companies, and develop, when
necessary, additional supportive statements to assist in this
Companies are strongly encouraged to review their
supply chains to address any issues involving
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