The Foundation for Chemistry Research and Initiatives works with stakeholders to support scientific activities to further the understanding of formaldehyde, including conducting cutting-edge research and identifying new and innovative scientific approaches. Through a variety of programs, the Foundation provides reliable data on formaldehyde to inform understanding of exposure and potential risk.

The studies sponsored by the Foundation deliver new data, clarify interpretive ambiguities, and provide epidemiological, toxicological, and mechanistic evidence on formaldehyde.

Dedication to Research

To add to the scientific understanding of formaldehyde, the Foundation has supported research in three critical data streams. Foundation research has included reviews of human epidemiological studies, which provide information on possible distribution of health effects in the population; toxicology studies conducted in laboratory animal models, which use controlled exposures to provide information about possible impacts and relevance to humans; and evaluations of mode of action information, which help us understand the mechanism by which a chemical could act in the human body. Once information is gathered and assessed from each of these data streams, it can be integrated into chemical assessments to build science based understanding of possible health impacts. Below are several research projects that have been supported by the Foundation, which address each of these areas.

Completed Research Projects

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Formaldehyde is widespread in nature and can be found in every living system. It is a normal metabolite of plant life and found in fruits and vegetables. Formaldehyde is also exhaled through human breath, thus low amounts of formaldehyde are always present in the air we breathe. Please visit the link below for more information.

Formaldehyde Occurs Naturally