British Furniture Confederation kickstarts stalled review process

British Furniture Confederation kickstarts stalled review process

The British Furniture Confederation is hoping to pick up the stalled assessment of Britain's flammability regulations, and believes they have put together a proposal which offers the industry a great solution.

Unfortunately, the review process by the government, which would be the first in over 30 years, has stalled so as a way of moving things along and getting a positive outcome, the BFC has put forward their own proposal. This makes recommendations of updates to the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, as amended (FFFSR).

What have they done?

The BFC has had discussions with many leading organizations including British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA), British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA), the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA), National Bed Federation (NBF) and Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (WCFM). Furthermore, to get a better understanding of the changes, they have also asked and taken onboard the views of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) and retail groups including the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Where are we now?

The proposal was submitted earlier this week to the MP Margot James, who is the Minster in charge of consumer affairs. She, and her team will now look at the whole proposal and determine whether the suggested amends would be a good or bad thing for the industry, and importantly, make things safer.  Full details of the submitted BFC proposal can be accessed by clicking here.

With so much going on about fire safety across many industries at the moment after large and tragic domestic and commercial fires in recent months, Websters welcomes the submission of an updated proposal.

Websters Furniture, based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, provides high quality furniture for people across the region. Whether you are looking for a sofa, a bed, some wall art or table ornaments, our team can help.