Health assessment of other consumer products

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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