Essex-based upholstery manufacturer Alstons is the most recent organisation to become a certified under the Furniture Industry Research Association’s Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture.

Alstons passed an independent audit, and demonstrated that it has have suitable processes and procedures in place to demonstrate due diligence compliance with the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (FFFSR).

MD Philip Grindrod says: “It was key for us to be part of the Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture as it enables us to demonstrate to our stockists that Alstons have as strong focus on compliance and due diligence. The auditor’s analysis of our processes and procedures throughout our entire production process was very in-depth, and passing the audit was a real achievement for the whole team.

“Although we are not members of the Furniture Industry Research Association it’s very positive that their compliance scheme is open to all, as this allows everyone from across the upholstery sector to benefit and, ultimately, improve safety for consumers."