The National Bed Federation (NBF) has launched Version Four of its Code of Practice.
The updated industry compliance guidelines now expect members to demonstrate their process controls with a basic Product Safety Incident Plan in place that covers all elements required by the consumer product recall standard PAS 7100.
Version four Code of Practice audits are now under way, with all manufacturer and eligible supplier members to be audited within a two-year cycle.
Tristine Hargreaves, NBF technical manager, says: “The Code of Practice is constantly under review to ensure we help members remain compliant on key elements of legislative, regulatory and recommended guidelines. It is also an excellent way of improving awareness and raising industry standards.”
The updated guidelines now cover 10 key areas: Flammability; Cleanliness and reuse; Trade descriptions; Labelling and composition of textile products; Timber legislation; Chemical legislation (including REACH, POPs and biocides); Health and safety compliance; Process controls and procedures; PAS 7100 – product safety incident plan (PSIP); and the Modern Slavery Act of 2015.
The NBF launched its original Code of Practice in 2013 and has since partnered with West Yorkshire Trading Standards (Wakefield Council) as its Primary Authority, with all versions granted Assured Advice status.
In addition to the audits, the Code of Practice also incorporates a due diligence testing programme, through which the NBF purchases random products to check compliance can be demonstrated.
Tristine adds: “We support members with training on the latest requirements and provide access to handbooks and guidance documents along with regular updates on standards and regulations. The audits, combined with random due diligence testing, give us further opportunity to liaise with members and offer help and advice. This should give a good level of confidence and reassurance to anyone purchasing their beds and mattresses from an NBF member.
“Auditors will continue to have a watching brief on health and safety with any concerns potentially triggering a more comprehensive, separate audit. We will also check businesses are meeting the reporting requirements, where obligated, under the Modern Slavery Act of 2015. These areas do not come under the jurisdiction of trading standards.”