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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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  • FEBRUARY 2017: Staying ahead of the policy curve in 2017

    February 27, 2017
    I am delighted to reconnect with you through our newsletter. 2017 started at a fast pace and much has happen since our last General Assembly in Lisbon. In our efforts to promote an ambitious and effective occupational health and safety framework, we met with Members of the European Parliament, representatives of national governments and, most importantly, with the French authorities which are currently finalizing their recommendations on formaldehyde. Here is what we learned on the key fronts.
  • NOVEMBER 2016 – Four months after Brexit, an attempt to make sense of the situation

    On June 24 Europe woke up in shock. A majority of British voters opened a new chapter of European history by deciding the UK would be better off outside of the European Union. Four months later, we are still seeking for more clarity on what this actually means. This November, I would like to take some time to shed some light on what has happened since the vote and look at the impact that it already has had on industry and may have in the future.
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