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Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Interzum trade fair in Cologne where some of our downstream users presented their latest innovations to the furniture industry. The European Panel Federation (EPF) seized this opportunity to present the preliminary results of their upcoming annual report 2016/2017. Paolo Fantoni, the EPF President, also shared his vision on several important developments for the panel industry. This month, we digest the key takeaways for you.
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.
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.
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.
As expected, the 2016 summer was rich in developments. Following the publication of France’s Draft Risk Management Option Analysis (RMOa) on formaldehyde in July, our industry is invited to contribute on the future regulation for workers protection. In this newsletter we break down the key elements of the RMOa, the industry response and what will follow.
Welcome to the latest edition of the Formacare newsletter. This month, we decided to give you an update on the SCOEL opinion, and to look at the upcoming occupational safety legislation. Much has happened since our last issue on this topic in December 2015; for the first time in 13 years, the Commission has engaged the revision of the Carcinogen and Mutagen Directive, meaning changes can be expected soon. This revision offers our industry the opportunity to actively promote the adoption of a harmonized binding occupational exposure limit in the EU for formaldehyde. In this newsletter, we bring you the latest developments and outlook.
After Phil Hope’s sudden passing in February, the Formacare family has gone through one of our most challenging times. Phil’s commitment to the formaldehyde industry was truly remarkable. He established a solid reputation for our association based on trust, expertise and leadership. Rest assured that it is the Formacare team’s ambition to build upon his legacy and continue building trust with our stakeholders and leading on the development of an ambitious and balanced policy framework for the safe use of our products. I would like to take the opportunity offered by this newsletter to explain to you the new Formacare set up and our plan for a smooth continuity.
2016 is expected to be a decisive year for future formaldehyde regulation in Europe. While the entry into force of the re-classification is behind us, ensuring compliance will be important. Many other topics remain live issues, on which the industry’s input will be critical. We have selected three of these issues; worker protection, consumer safety and industrial emissions; and will walk you through their ongoing activities and key milestones coming up in 2016.
As we move into 2016, you will be aware that new formaldehyde classification and labelling requirements are taking full effect, and our members have been working hard to make sure the industry is ready. Among the key achievements of the past year, the Formacare Analytical Task Force has developed and published a best practice document for determining free formaldehyde levels in liquid aminoplast resins. We would like to use this opportunity to explain what these best practices are and why they are important.
On 17 November the Scientific Committee for Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) published the draft Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) recommendation on formaldehyde. This is an important step in the process of establishing safe occupational exposure limits to protect our workers. In this Newsletter, we take a step back to clarify some important questions.