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