Do you manufacture, import or use mixtures or products (articles) containing formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasers?

Do you manufacture, import or use mixtures or products (articles) containing formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasers?

If so the Chemical Helpdesk of the Health and Safety Authority would like to bring the following information to your attention. There is currently a proposal being considered by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to restrict the placing on the market of formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers in mixtures and articles for consumer use.

If you are unsure, please ask your suppliers as this may have implications for your business in the future.

The proposed restriction will prohibit the placing on the market or use of articles for consumer use if formaldehyde released from them exceeds a concentration of 0.124 mg/m3 in the air of a test chamber used under the conditions prescribed in standard EN 717-1. Indoor exposure to formaldehyde causes irritation of the eyes and upper airways, with a major source of consumer exposure identified as the use of  formaldehyde-based resins, in particular UF resins, in wood-based materials used in construction and finished articles (e.g. furniture and laminate flooring).

Read more about this ban and how it could affect your business in the attached background document. 

Submissions can be made to the European Chemicals Agency before 20th September 2019 at the latest. Details are provided in the background document.

Specific information sought from stakeholders is also specified in the ECHA note attached above

If we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact the Authority at chemicals@hsa.ie

Kind regards
The Chemicals Helpdesk Team
Health and Safety Authority


The information provided here is given as guidance only based on the relevant Regulation(s). The information provided is not, and is not intended to be, a legal interpretation of the Regulations and does not constitute legal advice. The Chemicals Helpdesk accepts no liability with regard to how this information may be interpreted or used. Interpretation of, and compliance with, the relevant Regulations in relation to specific substances, mixtures or articles remains the responsibility of those who are manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, distributing or using such substances, mixtures or articles.