Press Releases

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European Commission report on Danish NMVOC study

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.

Independent study confirms safe use of formaldehyde

BRUSSELS, 30 April 2014 – In November 2013, TNO Triskelion bv and Risk & Policy Analysts Limited (RPA) completed a study entitled “Analysis of the most appropriate risk management option for formaldehyde”. The independent study was commissioned by Formacare and the European Panel Federation (EPF) in March 2012 after a joint action by France and The Netherlands, adding formaldehyde to the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP), and, as such, calling in substance evaluation under the REACH Regulation.

Formacare on RAC opinion

BRUSSELS, 7 December 2012 – The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) today announced the adoption of the scientific opinion of their Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC), proposing that formaldehyde be classified as carcinogen category 1B and germ cell mutagen category 2 under the EU Harmonised Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. Formaldehyde is currently classified as category 3 under the Dangerous Substances Directive.

Scientists Divided on Potential Carcinogenicity of Formaldehyde

BRUSSELS, 27 APRIL 2012 – Five years after the 1st International Formaldehyde Science Conference (Barcelona 2007), leading academics and scientists met in Madrid on 19-20 April.

Leading Academics Poised to Debate the Latest Science on Formaldehyde and Human Health

BRUSSELS, 12 April 2012 - The 2nd International Formaldehyde Science Conference, scheduled for 19 and 20 April 2012 in Madrid, will bring together some of the most prominent EU and international experts on formaldehyde to publicly discuss the latest scientific findings on the health impacts of formaldehyde exposure.

Use of illegal cosmetic products

Formacare, the formaldehyde industry sector group of Cefic, is deeply concerned about reports of the use of illegal cosmetic products, such as some Keratin hair straightening products, in the European market.

Formaldehyde included on substance evaluation list in 2013: Industry promises full cooperation with competent authorities

Formacare reacts to the inclusion of formaldehyde in the Community Rolling Action Plan list of substances for evaluation.

Formacare statement on 12 RoC

Formacare, the formaldehyde industry sector group of Cefic, is disappointed to hear that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has included formaldehyde in the 12th Report on Carcinogens (12th RoC).