Expert analysis of electronics-related legislation and compliance requirements, such as RoHS, REACH and WEEE, from industry expert Gary Nevison of Farnell.

Latest Tech News & Analysis About Other Substances

DMF to be captured by REACH

Decision 2012/48/EU extends the validity of 2009/251/EC requiring Member States to ensure that products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF) are not placed or made available on the market. Many of you will remember the problems caused by DMF that was used to stop mould in sofas…

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DEHP and BPA substance requests

There are an ever growing number of substance information requests around DEHP (bis ethylhexyl phthalate) and BPA (bisphenol A).   So what is behind this? We asked expert industry chemist Dr Paul Goodman of ERA Technology  for his thoughts on the matter.   The Canadian Government has required manufacturers and importers to…

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More data requests - DEHP and BPA

There are an ever growing number of substance information requests around DEHP (bis ethylhexyl phthalate) and BPA (bisphenol A). For more information follow this link Directive Decoder…

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£20m payout for DMF victims

Those of you who follow my blogs will know that I have posted a few articles on the subject of the chemical DMF (dimethyl fumarate) which has been used in the production of several models of sofa. Customers who were left with a horror rash and peeling skin, with many…

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DMF court case set to open today

Those of you who have followed my articles on Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF), the anti-mould substance found in leather sofa’s and armchairs might be interested to know that a court case was due to open today (22 September). The case is to determine how much compensation should be paid…

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Substance restrictions - the process

The recent restriction on Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF) in imported products was clearly not by the standard procedure. The use of DMF was already banned in the EU but not as a component in imported products. In the UK it resulted in illness and was largely ignored by retailers until journalists…

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Another random substance - PAH

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are a family of chemicals mainly derived from oil and coal but also as by-products from burning a variety of materials. Therefore the main environmental sources are from coke production, from petrol and diesel engine exhausts, from grilling meat and burning toast. Some PAH compounds…

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Warning-more information on Dimethyl Fumarate

I have been asked recently about the biocide Dimethyl Fumarate (CAS 624-49-7). Back in February 2008 the UK consumer programme “Watchdog” reported a story about Chinese manufactured leather sofas, sold by a number of leading high street retailers in the UK, including Argos, Land of Leather and Walmsleys…

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