NBF updates Code of Practice to V4

The National Bed Federation has launched an updated version of its Code of Practice.

The updated industry compliance guidelines – the fourth version of the code- 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 underway with all manufacturer and eligible supplier members to be audited within a two year cycle. 

‘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, says Tristine Hargreaves, NBF technical manager.

The updated guidelines now cover 10 key areas: flammability; cleanliness and re-use; 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 Modern Slavery Act of 2015. 

The NBF launched its original Code of Practice in 2013 and has since partnered with West Yorkshire Trading Standards 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, where the NBF purchases random products to check compliance can be demonstrated.

‘We support members with training on 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 re-assurance 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,’ says Hargreaves.

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