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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

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  • JULY 2015 – Worker protection legislation – A confused situation

    July 1, 2015
    As chemicals legislation overlaps more and more with occupational health and safety, we have to ask ourselves: is today’s worker’ protection legislation becoming confused, and how can the industry make sense of it? In this month’s Newsletter we lay out the situation, and invite your comments.
  • JUNE 2015 – A reflection on product regulations and indoor air quality

    June 1, 2015
    Healthy indoor air quality has been at the core of our agenda since the creation of Formacare over 10 years ago. Formaldehyde is considered by many regulators as a priority substance to be addressed in this context. Unlike most other industrial chemicals, formaldehyde is naturally-occurring and is also a by-product of basic chemical reactions such as combustion. This makes formaldehyde unique and its regulation significantly more challenging. There is currently no harmonised legislation at European level on indoor air quality, nor on formaldehyde indoor air emissions. This newsletter invites you to reflect on the key challenges to regulate formaldehyde in a practical, sensible and efficient way, to continue to maintain the highest level of safety.
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