Two matrixes for REACH - upholstered furniture and mattresses
The latest project from the Furniture Industry Research Association has just been released, which aims to support those involved in the supply chains of upholstered furniture and mattresses understand how to comply with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation.
REACH sets out the comprehensive rules for the management of chemical exposure across the whole supply chain. Items of furniture, such as upholstered furniture and mattresses, are considered to be articles under the regulation and so must comply with the specific restrictions on substances present in materials placed on the market.
Annex XVII of REACH contains 69 separate entries for substances or groups of substances but these are often specific to materials or applications. As such, this new project from the Research Association encompasses two matrixes (one focussed on upholstered furniture, one focussed on mattresses). Each matrix addresses the substance, restriction, test method(s) and materials for different components of each product.
The matrixes were designed by John Hubbard, Technical Consultant at FIRA International (the Service Provider to the Research Association). Speaking on their publication he said “Many Research Association members have an interest in upholstery and mattresses, and it’s imperative they are supported in complying with REACH. The Regulation can be tricky to navigate, hence why these matrix’s were designed to break down the requirements to focus on materials relevant to our industry as a resource to cross reference against, either when checking compliance against current products on sale, or bringing new products to the market.
“We still may see changes to UK REACH post-Brexit, but at the moment I advise all to work to limits set out in the EU Regulation, but a watch needs to be kept on new restrictions added under REACH.
Another matrix will be published over the next few weeks, with a focus on specific additional requirements for children’s furniture as we look to broaden our support to the wider membership”.
The upholstery matrix is available to members of the Furniture Industry Research Association here, and the mattress matrix here. Non-members can purchase a copy for £50, details are available from firstname.lastname@example.org