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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 7 million tonnes of formaldehyde are produced in Europe each year accounting for roughly 17% 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
BRUSSELS, 7 July 2014 – The European Commission’s weekly News Alert on Science for Environment Policy, dated 10 April 2014, highlighted the findings of a paper  on the impacts of NMVOC  emissions on human health. The paper reports a recent study at the Technical University of Denmark, funded by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.
The News Alert appears to assert that only three substances, including formaldehyde, are responsible for almost all damaging effects on human health, recommending that air pollution policies should be designed to target these substances specifically. As the article states, “the study singled out formaldehyde and furan, which account for 90% and 7% respectively of the total NMVOC contribution to cancer effects….” This article has resulted in misunderstandings and concern amongst manufacturers and users of formaldehyde, as well as regulators.
When discussing chemicals, the media tend to focus on potential hazard and risk, which makes controversial reading. “Bad news” stories on formaldehyde often speak only about hazard associated with emissions, without providing context and balance. However, there are also news stories which try to re-dress this balance; so let’s have closer look at some recent mainstream articles which tackle this directly.
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