The Furniture Industry Research Association

The centre of knowledge for the furniture industry

News Article

ACL 2002 LTD gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

Midlands-based upholstery manufacturer, ACL 2002 LTD, are the latest organisation to gain ‘Certified Company’ status as part of the Furniture Industry Research Association’s ‘Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture’.

Launched in January 2018, with a Primary Authority Co-Ordinated Partnership with Hertfordshire Trading Standards, the scheme highlights organisations who have suitable processes and procedures in place to demonstrate due diligence compliance with the UK's Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (FFFSR). This reassures the industry, and ultimately consumers, as they can identify manufacturers and retailers who are part the compliance scheme.

Part of the process to become a ‘Certified Company’ was an in-depth audit which included assessing ACL 2002 LTD’s process management systems, control of materials, traceability, compliance testing, labelling and crisis management. Following the audit, the auditor noted how impressed he was with the manufacturing site and it was clear that ACL 2002 LTD placed great emphasis on due diligence.

Speaking on their new Certified Company status, Craig Watts, Managing director at ACL 2002 LTD said “We’re very happy to have achieved Certified Status under the ‘Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture’. Having procedures in place to enable us to manufacture compliant products is at the heart of our family business. This helps set us apart when supplying major UK retailers, as they know they can depend on our processes.

“It is also reassuring to hear the positive words from the auditor on our due diligence processes. We place a very strong emphasis on this at ACL 2002 LTD and it’s rewarding to see this highlighted by an independent third party.”

Full details on the Furniture Industry Research Association’s Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture are available here.

Any organisations interested in becoming a Certified Company should contact FIRA on info@fira.co.uk or call +44 (0)1438 777 700.