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Updates to standards and other key matters

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published its latest summary of standards, which includes the publication of two new standards:

  • BS EN 17214: 2019 Visual assessment of furniture surfaces
  • PD CEN/TR 16411: 2019 Child care articles - Compiled interpretations of CEN/TC 252 standards

Turning to test foams / mattresses, a Technical Report will be produced to define the specification for furniture testing to help with standardisation across BS EN 1725:1998 Domestic furniture. Beds and mattresses. Safety requirements and test methods, BS EN 747-1:2012+A1:2015 Furniture. Bunk beds and high beds. Safety, strength and durability requirements, BS EN 716-1:2017 Furniture. Children's cots and folding cots for domestic use. Safety requirements, BS EN 1727:1998 Domestic furniture. Storage furniture. Safety requirements and test methods, BS EN 1730:2012 Furniture. Tables. Test methods for the determination of stability, strength and durability and BS 8509:2008+A1:2011 Childrens beds for domestic use. Safety requirements and test methods.

The report also carried details of a proposal for a new test method standard for suspended seating, with the possibility of incorporating into BS EN 1022:2018 Furniture. Seating. Determination of stability and BS EN 1728:2012 Furniture. Seating. Test methods for the determination of strength and durability at a later date. A draft document has been circulated and will be discussed in November 2019.

Standards expected to become subject to amendments in the future include ISO 9241-5:1998 Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs) -- Part 5: Workstation layout and postural requirements, EN 15372 2016 Furniture – Strength, durability and safety – Requirements for non-domestic tables, prEN 16139: 2013 - Furniture - Strength, durability and safety - Requirements for non-domestic seating. In addition, it’s excepted that EN 14073-2: 2004 Office furniture - Storage furniture - Safety requirements will be merged with BS EN 16121:2013+A1:2017 Non-domestic storage furniture. Requirements for safety, strength, durability and stability.

The Standards Update also covers other key topics including:

  • Public Consultation – Restriction of Formaldehyde Emissions – Consultation open until September
  • German Chemicals Act – Formaldehyde
  • New order relating to potential safety issues of consumer products
  • Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended
  • Environmental Audit Committee - Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life - Twentieth Report of Session 2017–19
  • Engagement with the Machinery Directive Working Group
  • Machinery Directive Roadmap for Revision

The latest Quarterly Standards Report is available to members of the Furniture Industry Research Association here.

The final Quarterly Standards Report of 2019 is due in December., but in the interim ad-hoc updates will be published on the website.