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‘Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations’ published

FIRAGuide.png#asset:219399:urlThe Furniture Industry Research Association have published a new guide entitled ‘Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations’. The guide aims to help those from across the furniture supply chain to understand how the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC 2006/42/EC impacts domestic furniture, especially after updates to the directive which came into effect in July 2017.

Speaking on the publication of the new guide, its author, Bruce Lovell, consultant at FIRA International said, “CE marking was introduced in the early 1990’s, but there can still be a lack of understanding on responsibilities and compliance.

“The updates to the European Machinery Directive in July 2017 brought much needed clarity on domestic furniture products which must comply to the directive. There’s now clear confirmation that recliner chairs, rise-recliner chairs, electrically adjustable beds, height adjustable work-surfaces, TV beds, motorised kitchen furniture etc. all fall within the scope of the directive. With this in mind the Furniture Industry Research Association asked me to author this guide as a reference point for manufacturers so they can start to understand, or clarify their responsibilities within the directive.”

FIRA’s new 42 page electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market guide includes sections specifically looking at:

  • Harmonised standards and European directives for electrically actuated furniture and related CE marking directives
  • CE marking directives including the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) (2014/35/EU), Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive (2014/30/EU), Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) (amended July 2017) and RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU
  • Proof of conformity for CE marking including identifying applicable directives and standards, self-certification, technical documentation (the Technical File) and declaration of conformity
  • CE marking products and traceability marking of electrically actuated furniture
  • What must be included in user instructions and safety information

The new guide is free to FIRA Members and is available to download below. Non-Members wishing to purchase can do so here

FIRA International are also hosting a CE marking training session on 2 November. Hosted by Bruce Lovell, with an agenda based around the content of the guide, the course aims to help manufacturers understand the route to compliance for CE marking in line with applicable EU directives. Whilst purchasers, specifiers, importers and distributors who attend will understand their responsibilities when placing an electrically actuated product on the market. A free copy of the guide will be provided to all course attendees.

The training is open to all across the furniture supply chain, however FIRA members do receive a discount. See more on the training here.

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