The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis Committee (SEAC), part of REACH, have given their support to the banning of the use of Dimethylfumarate (DMF) in consumer articles and lead and its compounds in jewellery.


Following a number of severe skin reactions a temporary import ban already exists for DMF, but RAC have now concluded that permanent measures are needed as the substance puts consumers “seriously at risk”.


In addition the RAC commented that the use of lead in jewellery may “significantly contribute to the exposure of children to lead”. However it also implied that if proof can be provided that no lead will be released if items are chewed or sucked, production would still be permitted.


The final decision on the proposed bans will be left to a regulatory committee for the European Commission.


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