FIRA international are part of the consultation process for the proposed ISO timber specific chain of custody standard with the UK British Standards Institute Technical Subcommittee. The proposed standard was designed to increase the amount of sustainable forestry under management, encouraging smaller scale forest owners into sustainable forest management, by adopting a country verified chain of custody for timber and timber products.
On Friday 16th September FIRA took part in the latest FEMB Technical Committee meeting in Milan, on behalf of the BCFA. The European Technical Committee meets regularly as a cross-country team of experts to review European norms and standards and monitors proposed changes in regulation.
Even though the summer months are traditionally quieter, standards making, both at an International and European level, has continued at a pace, with a number of significant developments across a range of product types.
FIRA was informed yesterday that the Government has re-started the consultation into a potential revision of the fire safety regulations for upholstered furniture. FIRA is currently analysing the proposals and will be arranging some workshops to discuss this further and to define the Furniture Industry Research Association’s response to the proposals.
We are pleased to announce that the new Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan which has been developed by employers has been approved and is available for delivery. The standard includes the following occupations: