London — The UK flexible foam industry has reacted positively to suggestions that there may be no change to the UK's furniture fire regulations.
David King and David Waite of London-based research company Flexible Foam Research said in a joint statement:
"We have yet to see the latest official position from BIS, but if last week's report from UTECH-polyurethane.com - UK Foam Flammability standard change unlikely - is reflecting what will happen we will be pleased with the outcome.
"We never wanted any changes to test schedules and are happy with what the existing provisions have achieved over almost 30 years. Changes that BIS have hitherto proposed are scientifically unsound and potentially problematic to regulate.
"We only supported update of the 1988 requirements on the basis that fire safety was to be maintained. BIS has never presented any evidence that its proposals would ensure this and there are several technical reasons for expecting that furniture would become significantly less fire-safe.
"In a public consultation last year, many stakeholders disputed BIS’s cost benefit analysis so support for change was already fragile.
"What we would like to see from Government is firmer policing of existing requirements," the pair concluded.