The Regulations are made under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and were amended in 1989 and 1993. The Regulations set new levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery.
Landlords and letting agents are included under the scope of the regulations. In 1993 amended regulations were introduced and specific attention is drawn to the responsibilities of letting agents and those engaged in the “letting of accommodation”. The regulations are concerned with the “supply” of furniture and furnishings and it has been established in many cases, a letting agent or commercial landlord is deemed to be “supplying in the course of business” when these types of items are included within a property.
A large part of the regulations deal with the duties of manufacturers and importers (if manufactured abroad) in producing and supplying domestic furniture and furnishings to the required standards of fire resistance.
The standards include two tests. The match test and the cigarette test.
The effect on new furniture is that the regulations require such products manufactured after 1st March 1989 or sold by a retailer after 1st March 1990 to be to the new standards and will be labelled accordingly.