In recent years France has banned Formamide in puzzle mats by publishing temporary decrees. On 1st August 2012 France has published another decree that prolongs the ban until August 2013 and furthermore changes the existing limits of the ban.
Formamide is a solvent and is used as a reduction agent and industrial chemical for several applications. In foams, it might be formed as well from blowing agents. In the production of foams, blowing agents are used to produce gases to blow up the plastic material. Formamide might be formed from these blowing agents as a side-product. Formamide is classified as toxic to reproduction and has recently been included to the ECHA candidate list as a “substance of very high concern” (SVHC) under regulation 1907/2006 (REACH).
The changes of the now published decree in comparison with the previous decree are summarized in the table below:
Text of the French decree of 1st August 2012 (in French):
http://www.journal-officiel.gouv.fr/frameset.html (published 5 August 2012).
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