NBF updates code of practice
The National Bed Federation has launched a new version of its Code of Practice.
It now includes legal requirements for imported and bought-in products, and a new approach to surveillance and sanctions for any non-compliances. In addition to the current areas of flammability, cleanliness of fillings and trade descriptions, the audit will now also cover compliance with textile composition and labelling requirements, awareness of EU timber legislation, REACH regulations and EU Biocides legislation.
‘Since its launch, the Code of Practice has proved a monumental success in reassuring trade customers and the consumer that NBF members’ products are safe, clean and honest’, says Jessica Alexander, NBF executive director.
The audit process has been made clearer, based on common practice for rating audits in other sectors.
‘A “clean” audit will win a longer period between audits, approximately two years; those who do not have a completely clean sheet will still have time to fix things and be audited sooner, depending on the seriousness of the non-conformance, as before,’ says Alexander.
‘A fairly high level of non-conformance could result in a Not Approved rating – but a corrective plan will be still be put in place and they will have a chance to put it right before a new audit within three months. If they don’t come up to scratch at this point they could be suspended for 12 months. The same applies to new applicants – except that in the case of a Not Approved rating their application will be suspended for 12 months. There is also new system of investigation for any reported breaches by members outside of the audit process.’