EU Bans the Sale of Products Containing Dimethylfumarate (DMF)

On May 1, 2009, the European Union (EU) began enforcing a ban on products containing the biocide Dimethylfumarate (DMF).  DMF is used to prevent molds that may deteriorate certain footwear or furniture and is usually contained in small pouches which are found inside footwear boxes or affixed to furniture.  DMF may also be found in other consumer goods.  


Due to evidence that DMF poses a serious health risk to consumers - such as contact dermatitis and acute respiratory ailments - the European Commission (EC) has prohibited products containing DMF from being placed or made available on the EU market. The presence of DMF in products should be determined against a maximum limit of 0,1 mg of DMF per kg of product or part of the product.

Further details regarding the EC’s decision can be found in the Official Journal of the European Union