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 during transportation from China. This often resulted in a horrific rash which lead to peeling skin. DMF was also found in shoes.
However, there is a proposed restriction of DMF under Annex XVII of the REACH Regulations that was put forward by France and accepted by Member States. It is only a matter of time until the restriction is published in the Official Journal of the European Union at takes effect.
Article 1 of 2012/48/EU states that the decision shall apply until entry into force of the Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII number 1907/2006 (REACH) concerning DMF or 15 March 2013, whichever is the earlier.