Several US states have banned the use of certain flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children’s products. In most US states, a “law label” is required to be on the product. In Illinois there is a requirement for the labelling of products containing lead.

The US has requirements regarding formaldehyde emission of wood composites, requirements for third party testing and certification, and fire requirements for furniture for use in public spaces.

These are just a few examples of a tangle of regulations, laws, rules, etc. that manufacturers must be aware of if they want to do business on the US market. And then there are even more legislative bodies in the US that must be taken into account, including the Congress, the state governments, and finally, the local laws and regulations.

In order to map out and get to grips with all the new rules, ingredient lists of products, attaching of labels, US requirements vs. UK requirements etc., BPI hosted a debate at their location on 21 November with the goal of using each other’s knowledge and skills. The workshop attracted great attention and it seemed that many had a need for further scrutiny and coverage of the issue and the questions. Several renowned furniture manufacturers attended with specialists and experts in order to jointly examine and discuss the issues around the sale of upholstered furniture to the US states.

BPI quality coordinator Mette Buus Vesterholm facilitated the programme where 5 prominent furniture manufacturers, including Normann Copenhagen, Carl Hansen & Son A/S, Fritz Hansen A/S, Kvist Industries A/S and BoConcept A/S participated and helped to set the agenda for an interesting and relevant workshop that probably has not taken place for the last time on this subject.

The extremely positive feedback has prompted BPI to start planning more relevant seminars and workshops in the new year, including:

If you have other requests, please feel free to give us your suggestions by following this link to our ”interest study”.

BPI also handles the facilitation and the event in case there is interest in meeting and gaining experience and knowledge from a relevant and related network.

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