The end of May heralded the annual CEN standards plenary meeting for furniture where forthcoming work items are agreed and progress on existing European Standards development is assessed. In addition, an International Standards meeting for furniture is scheduled to be held in Denmark.
A meeting of the Standards Committee responsible for producing furniture standards, CEN TC207, was recently held in Paris.
The meeting was wide ranging covering current and future development of standards for furniture, as well as an EU approach to developing International Standards (ISO).
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The meeting, which took place at DEFRA offices in London on 26th February 2016, was attended by over 30 delegates representing various trade associations, retailers, manufacturers, timber merchants, DEFRA, EUTR enforcement agency National Monitoring and Regulations Office (NMRO).
A lot is being talked about the circular economy, a concept that will underpin many future legislative policies. It is clearly explained by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org), but in broad terms a circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, as opposed to the more traditional economic model of using raw materials, making products and disposing of those products.
Under new Government proposals the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) will not include any creative subjects and it is highly likely that this will leave little, if any room, for such lessons in secondary schools. UK furniture manufacturing relies heavily on youngsters with skills in design and technology, whether employed directly from school or having pursued their interests through further education. If these seeds are not sewn at school then there will be little left to nurture.
FIRA can now confirm that a fully revised version of the European Standard for domestic storage and kitchen furniture has been published.