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DIMETHYL FUMARATE (DMF)
The biocide dimethylfumarate, commonly known simply as DMF, is set to be prohibited in consumer products asof 1 May this year, while stocks of such products that are already placed or made available on the market on thatdate will have to be withdrawn, with recalls from consumers also becoming necessary.
Since 2008, 25 RAPEX notifications have beenpublished for products containing dimethylfumarate for the below countries: Spain with 16notifications, France with 7 notifications, Finlandand Poland with 1 notification each. The list is stillgrowing. In December 2008, France adopted adecree banning the importation and placing on themarket of seating and footwear containing DMFfor 1 year. The French Decree also requires therecall of all seating and footwear which visiblycontains, or the packaging of which visiblycontains DMF. The UK's largest Group LitigationOrder for a consumer product is now being led byRussell, Jones and Walker who are representing
periods, if another more permanent solution is not
SCOPE AND REGULATION:
Commission Decision 2009/251/EC applies to all
A "product containing DMF" means any product or
goods intended for consumers or likely to be used
part of a product where either the presence of
by them even if not intended for them.
DMF is declared, such as on one or morepouches, or the concentration of DMF is greater
than 0.1 mg/kg of the weight of the product or part
DMF is a biocide that prevents moulds appearing
on leather goods during storage or transport inhumid climates.
DMF is often contained in little pouches fixed
inside the furniture or added to footwear boxes.
From 1 May2009, a product or part of the product
Although it evaporates, it impregnates the product
containing DMF in a concentration of greater than
(to prevent mould); in consequence, it enters into
0.1 mg/kg is prohibited from being placed or made
contact with consumers, penetrating through
available on the market. Commission Decision
clothing onto their skin, causing painful skin
2009/251/EC shall be applicable until 15 March
contact dermatitis, itching, irritation, redness and
2010. That said, there is no reason precluding its
burns, as well as, in some cases, breathing
renewal by the Commission for further one year
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