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Health assessment of other consumer products

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Other consumer products such as furniture, mattresses, carpets and leisure articles can involve a health risk if substances are released from the product.

Consumer articles are defined by the legislator as articles with which consumers come into contact in their day to day lives. Consequently, the products must meet certain specifications which are based on the health protection of consumers. In the event of proper use they may not constitute any health risk.

What is the task of BfR?

BfR examines the health risk of ingredients in consumer products and, more particularly, the extent to which consumers come into contact with them. Some substances may cause skin irritations, eczemas or allergic reactions.

As a matter of principle, BfR advises consumers to avoid ill smelling consumer articles because of their possible health risk. Products with an unusual smell point to low quality and hence contradict good manufacturing practice.

The reviews focus on risks emerging from substances which can cause cancer or affect the human hormone system.

Emphasis is placed on the following substances:

  • Bisphenol A
  • Carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Nano silver
  • Organotin compounds
  • Volatile substances

Legal bases:

  • Food, consumer articles and feed code
  • Consumer Goods Ordinance
  • German equipment and product safety act

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Information

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Date Title Größe
26.10.2009
BfR Information No. 037/2009
Bisphenol A in dummies 32.4 KB
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Opinion

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Date Title Größe
11.11.2013
BfR opinion No. 004/2014
Lead, nickel and allergenic scents in candles to be restricted 47.5 KB
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04.06.2012
BfR Opinion No. 010/2013
Proposals for the guideline on the assessment of chemical risks in the European rapid alert system RAPEX 24.7 KB
PDF-File
11.04.2012
Updated BfR Opinion No. 010/2012
Contact allergens in toys: Health assessment of nickel and fragrances 32.0 KB
PDF-File
24.02.2012
BfR Opinion No. 016/2012
Liquids from e-cigarettes can be detrimental to health 31.1 KB
PDF-File
29.07.2010
BfR Opinion Nr. 035/2010
Bisphenol A: Studies by Stump et al. (2010) and Ryan et al. (2010) provide no indications for adverse effects on neurological development and behaviour 281.7 KB
PDF-File
26.07.2010
BfR Opinion Nr. 032/2010
Carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in consumer products to be regulated by the EU - risk assessment by BfR in the context of a restriction proposal under REACH 375.8 KB
PDF-File
28.12.2009
BfR Opinion Nr. 024/2010
BfR recommends that nano-silver is not used in foods and everyday products 27.9 KB
PDF-File
21.12.2009
Updated BfR Opinion No 051/2009
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in toys 134.5 KB
PDF-File
18.08.2009
BfR Opinion No. 038/2009
Limit values for phenol in food-contact articles and toys are to be updated 79.7 KB
PDF-File
08.06.2009
Updated BfR Expert Opinion No. 025/2009
PAHs in consumer products must be reduced as much as possible 126.8 KB
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01.06.2009
BfR Opinion No. 048/2009
Lead and cadmium do not belong in toys 112.8 KB
PDF-File
26.03.2004
BfR supplementary expert opinion
Assessment of nitrosamines in balloons 109.8 KB
PDF-File
31.01.2003
BfR Expert Opinion
Migration of toxicologically relevant substances from toys 132.3 KB
PDF-File
11.04.2002
Expert Opinion
Risk assessment of N-nitrosamines in balloons 163.6 KB
PDF-File

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FAQ

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Date Title Größe
03.11.2016
BfR FAQ
Questions and answers on naphthalene in consumer products 32.8 KB
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