The Furniture Industry Research Association has produced an update report to educate companies of their obligations surrounding the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
On Wednesday 11th January, FIRA joined approximately 20 other industry stakeholders at a PEFC UK workshop in London to discuss sustainable forestry and receive an update on PEFC scheme coverage and work that is underway to update the PEFC standard.
The Furniture Industry Research Association recognises the increasing importance, and impact, of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations (REACH) on the furniture industry. As additions to the Restricted Chemicals and Substances of Very High Concerns (SVHC) lists increases, restricting the number of chemicals available for use in products, the effect on the furniture industry is increasing. To address this the Furniture Industry Research Association has published a REACH Users Guide for its members.
A heavily amended British Standard for kitchen furniture has been published. BS 6222-2: 2009 + A1: 2017 Domestic kitchen equipment. Part 2: Fitted kitchen units, peninsular units, island units and breakfast bars – Performance requirements and test methods, is the main British Standard for assessing the strength, durability and suitability of kitchen carcases, wall units and associated hardware for both domestic and social housing use.
The main British Standard for assessing the surface finish performance of worktops, frontal and kitchen carcases is currently undergoing a full review and you can influence this process.