"EFIC does not agree with the proposed update of the Regulation as it maintains the existing barrier to trade, and it may even lead to more use of hazardous flame retardant chemicals, opposite of the rationale for changing the tests."
“Using a smoulder test instead of a match test not only has the potential to reduce the number of fire deaths resulting from the inhalation of toxic gases and fumes, but also prevents the unnecessary exposure of the entire UK population to proven and potentially harmful chemicals.”
"Open flame furniture flammability standards have not been shown to be effective at improving fire safety. Furthermore,
where fire incident data is available, smoulder ignitions – not open flame ignitions – are the predominant source of furniture fire deaths and losses."