Sourcing Furniture Products in the Supply Chain

Sourcing Furniture Products in the Supply Chain
1st February, 2024

At a glance:

This guide will support product designers, developers, importers, distributors, retailers and manufacturers of furniture and furniture accessories with all facets of the supply chain, from responsible sourcing to creating technical files.


Topics covered in the guide include:

  • Sourcing responsibly, including EU and UK safety regulations, responsibilities, due diligence, ‘right first-time’ approach, critical paths and points of failure
  • Building quality into the design, including design briefs
  • Sourcing of raw materials, including specifications, sourcing routes and quality
  • Basic factory assessments, including health and safety, production and controls, independent inspections, packaging and labelling, and social and ethical auditing
  • Process control and procedures, including timber and chemicals
  • Traceability of materials and products
  • Regulations and requirements, including risk assessments
  • Understanding testing and reporting, including safety, stability, strength and durability
  • Creating a Technical File
  • PAS 7100: 2018 Code of Practice on consumer product safety related recalls and other corrective actions

This is version two of the guide, updated in February 2024 to include the latest CE/UKCA Marking requirements.

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