FIRA has launched a new service to help companies comply with REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals), a system of regulations controlling chemicals in the EU. The REACH Awareness Service provides FIRA members with a suite of information and guidance on the regulations.
Compliance with REACH is essential for all companies supplying products into and across the EU. However, given the complexity of the regulations, and the onerous supplier obligations, this is a significant challenge facing many companies in the furniture industry.
James Bell, environmental consultant at FIRA, says: “FIRA’s REACH Awareness Service is specifically designed to provide key support to the furniture industry in understanding and meeting their legal obligations under REACH, a notoriously complex set of regulations. Several substances widely used in the industry, particularly flame retardants and plasticisers, are facing restriction and, therefore, the service aims to provide a key point of reference for the industry. Moreover, the service will be updated on a regular basis.”