NEWSBYTE: Ban on Dimethyl Fumarate Extended
The European Commission decision of 11 March 2010 (2010/153/EU) is prolonging the validity of Decision
2009/251/EC that requires Member States to ensure that products containing the biocide Dimethyl fumarate are
not placed or made available on the market.
The Commission Decision 2009/251/EC bans the use of Dimethyl fumarate in products or parts of products. The
limit is 0.1 mg/kg. This prior Decision was applicable until 15 March 2010. The new Commission Decision
2010/153/EU extends the applicable date until15 March 2011.
Since 2009, several incidents were reportedly caused by products containing Dimethyl fumarate. Several
Member States also identified products causing damage to the health of consumers. Therefore, the European
Commission banned Dimethyl fumarate. Based on the experience acquired so far, and the absence of a
permanent measure addressing consumer products containing Dimethyl fumarate, it was necessary to prolong
the validity of Decision 2009/251/EC for 12 months.
More about Dimethyl Fumarate
Dimethyl fumarate has been found to be an allergic sensitizer at very low concentrations, producing extensive,
pronounced eczema that is difficult to treat. Even low concentrations may produce allergic reactions. Dimethyl
fumarate is primarily used for mould inhibition, mostly for leather products. It is generally included with the
products in small sachets, similar to the silica gel packs.
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