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EU Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF) Ban Becomes Permanent
Regional Contacts
Further to Sparkle Volumeng temporary ban on products containing dimethyl fumarate (DMF) now becomes permanent through a further amendment
Asia Pacific

to REACH Annex XVII by Regulation (EU) No 412/2012. 2/F, Garment Centre, 576 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: +852 2173 8888 The maximum limit for DMF remains at 0.1 mg/kg of the weight of the product or part of the
North America
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Latin America
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Dimethyl fumarate (CAS No 624-49-7, EC No 210-849-0) has been used as a fungicide to Suite 400, Miami, FL 33166 Tel: +1 305 513 3000 prevent mould-growth on leather goods, such as furniture, footwear and leather accessories; typically added in small pouches from which DMF evaporates and impregnates the leather.
Europe, Africa, Middle East

However DMF can also penetrate through clothing onto consumers’ skin where it may cause sensitization and painful skin contact dermatitis. The symptoms of which can include itching, 27400, Heudebouville, France Tel: +33 2 32 09 36 36 irritation, redness, burns and in severe cases acute respiratory difficulties have been reported. The sensitization is permanent and this type of dermatitis has been particularly difficult to treat. Injuries involving furniture and footwear have been reported in France, Poland, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Hence the presence of DMF was considered to pose a serious risk and products containing it were banned from being placed on the EU market by an emergency rolling temporary ban, initiated by Decision 2009/251/EC. This followed national restrictions in Belgium, Spain and France along with reported incidents linked to DMF in many other EU Member States. The original restrictions were taken under the fast-track provisions in Article 13 of the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC, which remained valid for a maximum of 12 months and have been continually renewed until these permanent restrictions. Our Solution:
Intertek has developed precise analytical methods to verify the concentration of DMF in leather. By leveraging our local services and global network, we enable our customers to dedicate their primary energies to their core business activities. We offer comprehensive Disclaimer
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programs and services which draw on our industry specific knowledge and technical to ensure the accuracy of the information. However, the expertise. Please contact your local Intertek laboratory for further details of this and our other relied upon as legal advice or regarded as a substitute for legal advice. The reader should exercise Should you have any queries on the above information, please contact: Richard Smith, tel: his own care and judgment before relying on this information in any +44 (0)116 263 9620 / fax: +44 (0)116 282 4586 / e-mail: important matter. Copyright 2012 Intertek Group. All Rights Reserved.


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