Consultation outcome

Furniture fire safety regulations: proposed amendments

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Consultation on amendments to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations: summary of responses Schedule 5 - The Match Test - Part 1 and Schedule 4 - The Cigarette Test

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Detail of outcome

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) will not go ahead with the proposed amendments in April 2015. Instead, the proposals on changes to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) Regulations testing regime will be considered as part of the full review of the regulations which was already underway.

Feedback received

Furniture fire safety regulations: proposed amendments - responses (A to H)

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Furniture fire safety regulations: proposed amendments - responses (H to W)

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Detail of feedback received

We received 113 written responses from:

  • manufacturing/retail sector, including relevant trade bodies (63)
  • testing sector (7)
  • academia (2)
  • chemical production and treatment processing sector (5)
  • Trading Standards (3)
  • fire and rescue (20)
  • other (13)

Original consultation

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Summary

Proposed changes to the UK's furniture flammability laws to improve safety, make UK furniture greener and bring savings to industry.

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Consultation description

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery.

This consultation sets out the government’s intention to change the specification for the match test and the requirements for the cigarette test (both for covering fabrics) in the regulations.