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First office furniture Remanufacturing Standard

This news article has been archived for reference only. It should not be relied upon for up-to-date information

As part of a wider Circular Economy Project, the Furniture Industry Research Association has published a new Remanufacturing Standard. The standard specifies requirements for the remanufacture of:

  • Office and contract chairs / seating
  • Office and contract tables / desking
  • Office and contract storage units

Speaking on the new Remanufacturing Standard, Phil Reynolds, COO of the Furniture Industry Research Association said, “Inevitably a lot of furniture ends up in landfill which is not sustainable in the longer-term. This was an issue we wanted to address.

“As part of our Circular Economy research we recognised that the lack of a standard was a barrier to remanufacturing, so this is a gap we’re aiming to bridge through this latest project.

“Our new Remanufacturing Standard aims to give confidence to specifiers, procurement teams and end users that ‘second life’ furniture does not mean second best, whilst supporting companies that have embraced remanufacturing and encouraging new companies to consider the practice. It also aims to promote end of life considerations in new furniture designs, on the assumption that customers will expect their furniture to be taken through a remanufacturing process. Finally the Research Association hope the new Standard will support the circular economy, ensuring maximum value is realised from products already in the workplace.”

Sections within the Standard include:

  • Remanufacturing process, including product custody, product inspection, product assembly, product testing
  • Replacement parts/components
  • Warranty, including warranty period and warranty register
  • Resource and waste stream management, including compliance and waste hierarchy
  • Environmental product information, including mandatory product information, optional product information and verification of optional product information
  • Product labelling

The Remanufacturing Standard is available to all members of the Furniture Industry Research Association here. Non-members can purchase a copy for £125 here.

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    Report summarising the finding of a project which compares the potential of remanufactured furniture versus brand new pr...

  • DecaBDE as a barrier to the Circular Economy

    DecaBDE as a barrier to the Circular Economy

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    Whether an analysis of the impact of decaBDE being added to the UNEP POP list for the UK furniture industry is viable an...

  • Sustainable Forestry & PEFC scheme updates​ - January 2017

    Sustainable Forestry & PEFC scheme updates​ - January 2017

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    These are notes from a Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) workshop

  • Study into the Feasability of Benchmarking Carbon Footprints of Furniture Products 2011

    Study into the Feasability of Benchmarking Carbon Footprints of Furniture Products 2011

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    This study shows that the carbon footprinting of products is a complex subject, with a number of difficulties that need ...

  • Improved Performance for Businesses Implementing ISO 14001:2015

    Improved Performance for Businesses Implementing ISO 14001:2015

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    This article is a simple, beginners guide to performance measurement.

  • Introduction to REACH Regulations training

    Introduction to REACH Regulations training

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    Recorded training session to give members a high level overview of REACH and where their responsibilities lay

  • Introduction to Biocidal Products Regulation training

    Introduction to Biocidal Products Regulation training

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    Recorded training session to give high-level guidance on the EU Biocides Regulation (528/2012)

  • Introduction to EUTR training

    Introduction to EUTR training

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    To help members who first place timber or timber products onto the European Market to understand their obligations

  • FIRA Guide to European Biocidal Products Regulations

    FIRA Guide to European Biocidal Products Regulations

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    This guide will help companies and their suppliers to comply with the obligations they may have under the Biocidal Produ...

  • REACH - Guide to the Regulations

    REACH - Guide to the Regulations

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    Introduction to REACH and substances which affect the furniture industry

  • Sustainability Hotspot Analysis for the Furniture Industry

    Sustainability Hotspot Analysis for the Furniture Industry

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    The Furniture Industry Research Association presents the wide ranging aspects of a sustainability hotspot analysis by re...

  • Biomass Subsidies and their impact on the British Furniture Industry

    Biomass Subsidies and their impact on the British Furniture Industry

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    This report focuses on the Renewables Obligation woody biomass subsidy and the detrimental effect it is having on Britis...

  • REACH Update July 2020 - SVHC

    REACH Update July 2020 - SVHC

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    New substances added to the SVHC list

  • Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

    Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

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    Clarification from the OPSS (Office for Product Safety Standards) via the Hertfordshire Trading Standards Office (TS), t...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing

    Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing

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    Advice for upholstery component manufacturers and suppliers to help identify the requirements for different upholstery c...

  • A guide for manufacturers seeking to claim compliance with BS 7176

    A guide for manufacturers seeking to claim compliance with BS 7176

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    Specification for resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture for non-domestic seating

  • Cable Management Systems– Understanding BS 6396

    Cable Management Systems– Understanding BS 6396

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    Guide to help you understand the requirements for electrical systems in office and educational furniture

  • Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    For designers and manufacturers of furniture with electrical features, covering applicable EU Directives and CE marking ...

  • Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations

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

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    Guide to the Application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1 in relation to domestic furniture

  • Electrically powered office furniture -  a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrically powered office furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    The 62 page guide identifies the relationship with powered office furniture products such as sit / stand desking and oth...

  • The General Product Safety Directive, furniture industry guide to legislation

    The General Product Safety Directive, furniture industry guide to legislation

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    43 page guide to support the furniture industry in understanding the GPSD

  • CE Marking Toolkit

    CE Marking Toolkit

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    To support members in meeting the strict requirements of CE Marketing Directives