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FIRA International sees extension to UKAS scope
United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited testing house, FIRA International, has received an extension to their UKAS scope to now include high chairs. Previous to the extension, FIRA International had the expertise and equipment to test high chair products (for safety, durability, stability and flammability), but it was outside of their existing UKAS scope.
As the UK’s National Accreditation Body, UKAS are responsible for determining, in the public interest, the technical competence and integrity of organisations such as FIRA International who offer testing services.
BS EN 14988: 2017 Children’s High Chairs - requirements and test methods is the current standard for high chairs. Published in 2017, the standard replaced the previous 2012 version and it covers all aspects of safety and accident prevention for high chairs.
Alongside announcing the extension to scope, FIRA International also confirmed they passed their annual UKAS satellite audit which took place earlier this year in May. The five inspectors who conducted the audit commented that they very impressed with the testing house’s knowledge and the policies and procedures adhered to. The assessment report highlighted that "the success of this lab is clearly the knowledge, experience and competence of its technical team who are very experienced individuals that have been with the business for many years and understand the testing requirements".
To ensure this high standard continues, and in line with UKAS procedures, FIRA International will be subject to their next surveillance audit in May 2019.
Click here for further information on furniture testing with FIRA International. Further details on UKAS are available from www.ukas.com