Blog: Global Regulatory Trends for Metals in the Color Pigments Value Chain

CPMA BlogGlobal Regulatory Trends for Metals in the Color Pigments Value Chain

By David Wawer, Executive Director, CPMA
July 13, 2021

Metals have historically been used to manufacture inorganic color pigments, including aluminum, zinc, chromium, manganese, copper, nickel, cobalt, and antimony.  When, in 2021, a new metal, Indium, was added to the portfolio of inorganic pigments raw materials, CPMA used this as an opportunity to further collaborate with global metals institutes to keep companies across the color pigments industry informed on this new addition, and updated on global regulatory trends impacting the mining, manufacture, and use of metals in commercial products, particularly inorganic color pigments.

In June, CPMA hosted a forum around metal sustainability and emerging regulatory restrictions for the color pigments industry value chain. Expert speakers from International Nickel Institute and The Cobalt Institute, both headquartered in the EU, enlightened webinar participants about:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Metals Framework,
  • TSCA Risk Assessments,
  • California Proposition 65 Warning Labels,
  • Strategies for Chemical Sustainability in the EU,
  • EU Carcinogens Directive,
  • Cobalt Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing,
  • Global Mining Labor Legislation, and
  • Chemicals Management.

In Europe and other global regions, metals migration limits and data studies about migration are a primary focus of governments and NGOs, especially with respect to impacts on sensitive and vulnerable populations. Webinar participants were informed about critical regulatory trends that may influence future business decisions.

To learn more about the use of metals in inorganic color pigments, reach out to CPMA Executive Director David Wawer,

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