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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

  • JUNE 2018 – The formaldehyde value chain alliance support CDM3 review

    July 26, 2018
    In the wake of the third amendment of the carcinogens and mutagens directive (CMD3), Formacare initiated a follow-up of the discussions we first had with the social partners in 2016. As a result, ECEG, Industriall and ETUC aligned with Formacare: the Commission proposal was found agreeable to all. As a result, “the formaldehyde value chain” signed a letter to emphasize strong support in favour of the Commission proposal.

    The aforementioned proposal follows recommendations from the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL). Formacare agrees that harmonised and binding OELs across member states would be the most efficient choice.
  • NOVEMBER 2017 – News from the policy front

    November 14, 2017
    I am delighted to inform you about the latest developments on the policy front. A lot has happened since February: ANSES published its RMOa conclusions and the European Commission has started the process of proposing a Binding Occupational Exposure Limit (BOEL) for formaldehyde. Meanwhile, industry has submitted additional information in the context of the REACH evaluation.
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