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Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture

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About the scheme

The Furniture Industry Research Association’s ‘Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture’ aims to offer reassurance that a manufacturer, retailer, upholsterer or supplier of upholstered furniture has suitable processes and procedures in place to demonstrate due diligence compliance with the UK's Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (FFFSR).

The Research Association has entered into a Primary Authority Co-ordinated Partnership with Hertfordshire Trading Standards. This means that Certified Companies, as participants of the scheme, will be part of a regulated group and benefit from Assured Advice from Trading Standards.


Key points of the scheme include

  • It’s a legal requirement to meet the FFFSR, which are enforced by Trading Standards.
  • Advice provided by Hertfordshire Trading Standards may be relied upon as ‘Assured Advice’ and will be respected by other regulatory enforcement bodies, which will prevent inconsistent interpretation of the FFFSR.
  • Scheme is open to manufacturers, retailers and upholsterers of any size.
  • Upholstered products covered include chairs, sofas, stools, floor and scatter cushions, materials and upholstery itself which may be sold separately, or used for re-covering.
  • The scheme is not intended to cover garden or outdoor furniture, upholstered beds, bed frames, headboards or mattresses.
  • No special requirements/criteria to join the scheme, however you must complete the required audit.

Further information


Become part of the scheme

You do not need to be a member of the Furniture Industry Research Association to be part of the Compliance Scheme.

Interested in becoming a certified company?

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