Formaldehyde: a question of cancer policy?

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Science  18 Jun 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4552, pp. 1285-1291
DOI: 10.1126/science.7079759


This article describes recent events concerning the assessment and regulation of formaldehyde, and evaluates the scientific data pertaining to the carcinogenicity of this substance in the context of established cancer policies and guidelines. The conclusion is that recent decisions by several federal agencies to defer action to limit human exposure to formaldehyde may be a "test case" for a new, less protective policy concerning the regulation of carcinogenic substances in general.