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Formaldehyde is an organic chemical compound that occurs naturally in the environment. An extremely versatile substance with excellent binding and preservative properties, formaldehyde is also manufactured for use on an industrial scale. Over 3.6 million tonnes of formaldehyde are produced in Europe each year accounting for roughly 30% of global production*. It is a key building block for a wide range of applications in a number of industries. For example, formaldehyde is used in the production of wood panels, aircraft components and automobile parts. Formacare is the formaldehyde sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) representing key European producers of formaldehyde, aminoplast glues and polyols. Formacare promotes the safe use and manufacture of formaldehyde in the EU in accordance with the strictest health and safety regulations. Explore the formacare website to learn more about the Applications, the Science, the Safety and the Regulation of formaldehyde in the EU.

* Merchant Research and Consulting, Formaldehyde 2012 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2017

Latest Update

  • NOVEMBER 2015 – REACH Fast-track restriction on textiles: What is it about?

    November 1, 2015
    Last week I wrote to you explaining that the European Commission has announced a public consultation on a possible restriction for the use of Carcinogen, Mutagen and Reprotoxic (CMR) substances in textiles, proposed under Article 68(2) of REACH (often referred to as “fast-track” restrictions). Formaldehyde is included in the preliminary lists of 291 CMR substances that may be present in textile articles and clothing for consumer use. In this newsletter, we take the opportunity to provide you with more background and an explanation of this new initiative.
  • OCTOBER 2015 – Chemicals regulations: What role for elected representatives?

    October 1, 2015
    The decisions taken in Brussels are often criticized for their complexity and opacity. This is even more true when it comes to “implementing measures”, a process mostly in hands of experts and civil servants. While the system is not perfect, the call for more transparency and scrutiny from civil society seems to have been heard by our elected representatives in Brussels. In this newsletter, we will look both at how chemical safety is getting increased political attention, and the importance of maintaining a dialogue on the safe management of chemicals with the people that represent you in the EU.
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