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RESOURCES: Legislation

Product safety is controlled either through specific National Safety Legislation or through the revised General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

As of the 1st October 2006 each manager / licensee is liable for the fire regulations regarding conformity of materials used in manufacturing.

This means that the furniture supplier is now responsible for ensuring product safety and advising the manager/licensee of the legal requirement within the premises concerned. It is a criminal offence to supply unsafe products to the public and an offence can be deemed to have been committed even if nobody has been injured.

It is now a legal requirement that the licensee is aware of the required standard and that a letter from the manufacturer stating it is FR is not enough, currently only British testing standards are legally accepted within the UK. This is a particularly important point if you have sourced, or are thinking of sourcing furniture from overseas.

Here are some links to help you understand the required product safety standards:

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993.
A Guide to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations.
FIRA - Leading Independent Furniture Technology Centre.
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