The Formalin Ban: From Lethal Threat to Unique Opportunity

How the so-called formalin ban almost caused a major patient safety issue in Europe

Por Aurelio Ariza


In 2014, the European Commission upgraded formaldehyde’s carcinogenicity and mutagenicity categories. Occupational safety departments started to ban formalin, leaving its future in healthcare uncertain – but swift action by pathologists and medical organizations led the European Parliament to change its outlook...