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Dimethyl Fumarate

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on the control of imported goods containing Dimethyl Fumarate. (269869)

On 26 March 2009 the Department issued a Direction of the Secretary of State under Regulation 35(2) of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, to all local authorities. The Direction gives effect to the Article 13 Decision made under the General Product Safety Directive adopted by the European Commission on 17 March 2009.

The Article 13 Decision requires EU member states to prohibit the placing or making available on the market of all products containing Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF) and requires all products already placed or made available on the market to be recalled or withdrawn.

The Article 13 Decision becomes effective from 1 May 2009.