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EU Bans Dimethylfumarate Under EC 19072006



On 15 May 2012 the European Commission announced the ban of

Dimethylfumarate (CAS 624-49-7) under Regulation EC 1907/2006 Annex XVII.

This regulation enters into force on the twentieth day after publication in the

Official Journal of the European Union. This amendment will make permanent

the current temporary prohibition 2009/251/EC for Dimethylfumarate which was

prolonged several times by Decisions 2010/153/EU, 2011/135/EU and


The new entry 61 of the REACH (EC 1907/2006) Annex XVII is unchanged to the initial prohibition of 2009/251/EC,

and states:

Substance Name

CAS No./EC No.


61. Dimethylfumarate(DMF)



1)Shall not be used in articles or any parts thereof in concentrations greater than 0.1mg/kg.

2) Articles or any parts thereof containing DMF in concentrations greater than 0.1 mg/kg shall not be placed on the market


Dimethylfumarate (DMFu) is a biocide and has antifungal properties. It can be used to prevent mold growth and has

been found to cause skin sensitations (contact dermatitis) even at very low concentrations. As a result, several reports

were published in the EUs Rapid Alert System for dangerous consumer products (RAPEX). Therefore in 2009, the EU

temporarily banned all types of consumer articles containing DMFu. The limit is set as 0.1 mg/kg which applies for

each component part of the article.





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