Review of Furniture Regulations

The government has launched a consultation on its proposed changes to the Furniture (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.  This project will gather insurer views on the proposed changes, particularly those relating to new testing requirements.


The consultation was launched on 7 August and it will remain open until 7 October. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has drafted the proposals and they include:

  • changing the match test to use combustion-modified foam, rather than non-fire retardant polyurethane foam
  • excluding certain fabrics from the cigarette test, which would include those that have already passed the match test
  • introducing a new testing requirement for materials such as card and webbing, which can be found in furniture and are potentially highly flammable

Consumer affairs minister Jo Swinson believes the proposals will help reduce bureaucracy. She said: ‘Fire safety testing in the UK offers the highest possible level of protection to consumers and I am determined to maintain these standards. By using fewer hazardous chemicals and removing some of the duplication in the testing process, we can better protect human health and the environment while reducing bureaucracy at the same time.’

Project Manager


Jon O'Neill
FPA Managing Director

Project start date: September 2014
Estimated completion date: December 2014

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