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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a proposed restriction report for formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers on January 30, 2019.

The proposal specifies restriction on the placing on the market or the use of all articles releasing formaldehyde at concentrations greater than or equal to 0.124 mg/m3 in the air of a test chamber used under the conditions prescribed in EN 717–1.

Formaldehyde released from an article may come from formaldehyde and/or other substances that release formaldehyde (formaldehyde releasers) used in the production process of the article. Articles subject to the CMRs in textiles restriction as well as the use of formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers as biocide are exempted from the proposed restriction.

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