DMF Ban Continues
No.07/2010 On 12 March 2010, the Official Journal published Decision 2010/153/EU on the biocide dimethylfumarate, commonly known simply as DMF, in order to ensure that it is not contained in any products entering the EU.
The ban introduced in Commission Decision 2009/251/EC and prolonged in Decision 2010/153/EU ensures that all products containing DMF cannot be placed or made available on the EU market, thus extending the ban to imported products. The validity of Decision 2009/251/EC’s ban has now been prolonged until 15 March 2011.
According to Commission Decision 2009/251/EC, furniture and footwear in several Member States, have been identified as the cause of damage to the health of consumers. The source of such damage was discovered, pursuant to clinical tests, as being DMF, which is a biocide that prevents moulds appearing on leather goods during storage or transport in humid climates. DMF is often contained in little pouches fixed inside the furniture or added to footwear boxes. Although it evaporates, it impregnates the product (to prevent mould); in consequence, it enters into contact with consumers, penetrating through clothing onto their skin, causing painful skin contact dermatitis, itching, irritation, redness and burns, as well as, in some cases, breathing difficulties.
Commission Decision 2009/251/EC applies to all goods intended for consumers or likely to be used by them even if not intended for them. In relation to the aforementioned ban, a "product containing DMF" means any product or part of a product where either the presence of DMF is declared, such as on one or more pouches, or the concentration of DMF is greater than 0.1 mg/kg of the weight of the product or part of the product.
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