Commission maintains ban of biocide in consumer products


The biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF) has caused severe allergic reactions in hundreds of consumers, exposed to it in every-day products such as couches and shoes.

It is banned until 15 March 2012, after 2 extensions since 2009. Throughout 2009 and 2010, market surveillance authorities in Member States have found DMF in consumer products, in particular ladies', children's and men's shoes.



In most cases, authorities ordered a stop on sales and recalls, and notified RAPEX, the EU rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products.

The European Chemicals Agency is evaluating evidence that may lead to a permanent ban of DMF under REACH legislation. If adopted before mid-March 2012, the current ban will not be prolonged.


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