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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

  • FEBRUARY 2016 – Coming up in 2016

    February 1, 2016
    2016 is expected to be a decisive year for future formaldehyde regulation in Europe. While the entry into force of the re-classification is behind us, ensuring compliance will be important. Many other topics remain live issues, on which the industry’s input will be critical. We have selected three of these issues; worker protection, consumer safety and industrial emissions; and will walk you through their ongoing activities and key milestones coming up in 2016.
  • JANUARY 2016 – Formacare recommended best practice for determining free formaldehyde levels in liquid aminoplast resins

    January 1, 2016
    As we move into 2016, you will be aware that new formaldehyde classification and labelling requirements are taking full effect, and our members have been working hard to make sure the industry is ready. Among the key achievements of the past year, the Formacare Analytical Task Force has developed and published a best practice document for determining free formaldehyde levels in liquid aminoplast resins. We would like to use this opportunity to explain what these best practices are and why they are important.
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