Fire safety and avoiding the use of flame retardants

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Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

Flame retardants used in furniture production pose a risk to both health and the environment. Manufacturers should therefore avoid the use of such retardants and instead supply products that address flame retardation as a function in some other way, e.g. by using inflammable textile fibres and flame retardant textiles.

Requirement Specification: 

Flame retardants: The furniture products shall not contain flame retardants. This includes both organic phosphorus- and nitrogen-based flame retardants, and halogenated flame retardants.

To comply with the fire requirements, the supplier may use flame-resistant textiles.

Fire safety requirements: Upholstered furniture supplied to the contracting authority shall withstand ignition in accordance with the established standards as follows:

Upholstered furniture:

  • NS-EN 1021-2 (match test)

Mattresses and upholstered bed bases:

  • NS-EN 597-2 (match test)

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

Relevant test reports confirming that the fire requirements are met, as well as a declaration from the manufacturer(s) stating that no flame retardants have been used in the furniture products requested by the contracting authority.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

The requirement should be stipulated in all* procurements which include upholstered furniture and other furniture where textiles form part of the product.

The requirement is intended to help safeguard fire safety, while at the same time avoiding the unnecessary use of harmful flame retardants.

*For some procurements, stricter requirements should be stipulated regarding fire safety than the tests specified in the requirement. In these cases, it may be necessary to use flame retardants in order to fulfil the fire requirement. In such cases, the contracting authority should enter into dialogue with the supplier regarding the flame retardants that can be used in order to fulfil the fire safety requirements, and to limit the harmful effects of the flame retardants on health and the environment.

Published: 26. Nov 2020, Last modified: 29. Nov 2020