The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC)1 decided on 7th December 2012 to classify formaldehyde as CMR2 carcinogenic category 1B and category 2 mutagenic. Category 1B means that there is sufficient evidence for CMR properties, which could be detected in animals, but human carcinogenicity is only suspected. This classification will be implemented in the EU until 1st January 2016 by the amending regulation ((EU) No. 2015/491) according to the 6th ATP3 of CLP4-regulation.
In the near future, it can be assumed that other countries/nations will follow and possibly adopt this classification. In particular this assumption considers Canada and the United States, where classification and a potential ban of use of formaldehyde releasing substances in metalworking fluids have already been discussed over the last years.