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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

  • APRIL 2017 – Formaldehyde Activities in the United States

    April 4, 2017
    This month I have invited Dr. Kimberly White, Senior Director, Chemical Products and Technology Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and representative of the ACC Formaldehyde Panel, to update us on recent formaldehyde activities and challenges ahead in the United States.
    The ACC Formaldehyde Panel represents producers, suppliers and users of formaldehyde and formaldehyde products, as well as trade associations representing key formaldehyde applications. The primary activities of the ACC Formaldehyde Panel include scientific research, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and outreach.

    Kimberly explains.
  • 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.
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