FIRA International broadens technical expertise
The service provider to the Furniture Industry Research Assoction, and UKAS-accredited testing house, FIRA International, has confirmed the appointment of John Hubbard as their new Technical Expert.
Hubbard joins from Satra Technology Centre, where he has spent the last 24 years, most recently as their Technical Manager. He is an expert on the issues surrounding harmful substances in the wide range of materials used in modern consumer goods, and is experienced in the implementation of the Biocidal Products Regulation.
Hubbard is also the Chair of the BSI UK Mirror Committee on Emission of Dangerous Substances from Construction Products B/557 and is the UK Lead Delegate to the European committee dealing with that issue CEN TC351 with a particular expertise on the Working Group dealing with measuring content of harmful substance, he also provides a liaison between CEN TC351 and the new committee looking at harmful substances across a range of products where no specific committee has jurisdiction (CEN TC462). Previously he chaired the European Group of Notified Bodies Horizontal group on emission of dangerous substances from Construction Products (GNB-CPR SH01).
In addition he has participated in UK committees on Physical and Chemical Testing of Textiles and Emissions to indoor air, is Vice-President of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists and is an ISO 9001:2015 Quality management system accredited auditor.
Speaking on his appointment, Hubbard said, “I am excited to be joining FIRA International at a pivotal time for the industry. We’re already seeing the effect of the Transition Period in relation to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation (and restriction) of Chemicals (REACH) regulations. The furniture sector is going to need support in interpreting the changes and more crucially keeping compliant.
“We’re also likely to see more movement from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in relation to formaldehyde in furniture products. This could have a huge effect on the industry and in my new role I look forward to making a difference as to how organisation navigate these changes.”
Levent Caglar, Head of Consultancy and Senior Ergonomist at FIRA International added, “It’s great to welcome John to the FIRA International family. For the past few months we’ve been keeping a weather-eye on issues facing the industry and there is no doubt that chemicals are going to impact us more and more. With this in mind, in conjunction with an increase in organisations reaching out to us for support, the time was right to bolster our expertise in this area, and John is excellently placed to bring his unrivalled knowledge to the sector.”
Hubbard can be contacted via email@example.com or +44 (0)1438 777 700.