The objective of the focus action was to verify compliance with the melamine and formaldehyde limits as well as the criterion that the specific migration must not increase during repeated testing.
20 samples from several federal states were examined. Ten samples were rejected:
- Nine samples were objected to due to an increase in the migration of melamine or formaldehyde.
- In addition, two samples were found to significantly exceed the limits for formaldehyde and melamine, respectively.
One sample is unsuitable for the intended use because it shatters at the intended temperature. The high complaint rate shows that there is a fundamental stability problem with melamine-formaldehyde resin. This is probably due to the fact that the material hydrolyzes under the test conditions and thus partially decomposes into its starting materials melamine and formaldehyde.