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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

Latest Update

  • EU REACH Committee Adopts Re-classification

    Chemical Watch reported that on 20 December 2013 the EU REACH Committee adopted a decision to reclassify formaldehyde as a category 1B carcinogen.
    The decision follows the adoption on 7 December 2012 by ECHA's Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of an opinion proposing that formaldehyde have a harmonised classification of carcinogen category 1B and germ cell mutagen category 2 under the EU CLP Regulation.
    The new classification will enter into force on 1 April 2015.
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