The Furniture Industry Research Association

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​DecaBDE Flame Retardant Restrictions​

Posted on 20th February, 2017

On the 10th February 2017 the European Journal published a revision to Regulation [(EC) No. 1907/2006] confirming that decaBDE shall not be manufactured or placed on the market as a substance on its own after 2nd March 2019.

​Sustainable Forestry & PEFC scheme updates​

Posted on 10th February, 2017

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.

​FIRA publishes Reach Users Guide

Posted on 6th February, 2017

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.

​Amended standard for kitchen furniture published

Posted on 3rd February, 2017

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.