On 14 July 2023, the EU published Regulation (EU) 2023/14641, to regulate formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing substances in articles.

To mitigate the negative impacts and to lower the costs for the affected sectors, as well as to provide sufficient time for stakeholders to implement the restriction, the Commission considers appropriate a deferral of 36 months for all sectors as regards the application of the restriction. For road vehicles, however, a deferral of 48 months is deemed appropriate due to the long development and marketing time for such vehicles, the high material requirements in the automotive industry, the complex supply chains including original equipment manufacturers, as well as the time needed to implement the standard analytical method for measuring emissions for trucks and buses.

Shall not be placed on the market in articles, after 6 August 2026, if, under the test conditions specified in Appendix 14 (Reg 1907/2006) , the concentration of formaldehyde released from those articles exceeds:

(a) 0,062 mg/m3 for furniture and wood-based articles.

(b) 0,080 mg/m3 for articles other than furniture and wood-based articles.

(c) Shall not be placed on the market in road vehicles after 6 August 2027 if, under the test conditions specified in Appendix 14, the concentration of formaldehyde in the interior of those vehicles exceeds 0,062 mg/m3

These new limits therefore amend the content of Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 but do NOT apply.

-to articles intended exclusively for outdoor use under foreseeable conditions.

-to articles exclusively used outside the building envelope and vapour barrier and which do not emit formaldehyde into indoor air.

-to articles intended exclusively for industrial or professional use, unless the formaldehyde they emit leads to exposure of the public under foreseeable conditions of use.

-to articles intended to come into contact, directly or indirectly, with foodstuffs falling within the scope of Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004.

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