The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture in Europe gathers stakeholders ranging from environmental and health NGOs to industry, cancer organisations, fire fighters and labour unions. The Alliance shares and stresses the same concerns about the implications from the presence of harmful flame retardants chemicals in furniture products, and believes that more effective and less harmful ways to achieve fire safety exist and need to be evaluated.

8 June 2021 – Joint position: The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture welcomes the US law mandating nationwide compliance with California’s flammability standard for upholstered furniture and calls for harmonising flammability requirements for furniture in Europe via upcoming Sustainable Products Initiative

Position paper

The Alliance for Flame Free Furniture welcomes the ‘COVID-19 Regulatory Relief and Work from Home Safety Act’ passed by the United States congress and signed into law on December 27, 2020, requiring that all upholstered seating for furniture imported or sold in the US comply with the flammability test specified by the California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 117 – 2013), a smoulder test.


Position paper

The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan and calls on the EU institutions to address the unnecessary and unwanted use of chemicals which prevent circularity and climate goals, such as toxic flame retardants in furniture, which endanger at the same time people’s and firefighters’ health, as they migrate out of products and may lead to an increase in fire toxicity.

Toxic flame retardants preventing circularity and increasing fire toxicity

18 November 2019 – SAFE FIRE SAFETY

The Alliance is strongly committed to end the use of flame retardants in furniture products and to raise awareness about their toxicity.

With this Policy paper, the Alliance stresses that a Safe Fire Safety is possible, that many modern alternatives to the use of Flame Retardants exist and that the removal of toxic flame retardants is needed to protect human health, the environment and to support a real Circular Economy.


The Alliance is strongly committed to end the use of flame retardants in furniture products and supports safer, alternative ways of minimising the risks for fire because long term exposure to hazardous chemicals poses a great threat to human health.

Increasing evidence shows that EU action in favour of FR free furniture is necessary to ensure protection of human health and the environment, without reducing fire safety.


The European Furniture Industries Confederation, EFIC

EFIC is the European Furniture Industries Confederation.  EFIC members support EU circularity objectives and circular business models. EFIC believes that safer alternatives to the use of toxic flame retardants in products exist and need to be evaluated.

For more information visit efic.eu

The European Environmental Bureau, EEB

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) tackles Europe’s most pressing environmental problems by agenda setting, monitoring, advising on and influencing the way the EU deals with these issues.

These include issues such as climate change, biodiversity, circular economy, air, water, soil, chemical pollution, as well as policies on industry, energy, agriculture, product design and waste prevention among others.

For more information visit eeb.org.

European Bedding Industries’ Association, EBIA

EBIA is the European Bedding Industries’ Association. EBIA focuses on environment, health and safety issues, among others. 

For more information visit EBIA – European bedding industries’ association.

European Federation of Building and Woodworkers, EFBWW

The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) is the European Workers’ Industry Federation for the following sectors: building, woodworking, forestry and allied industries and trades. EFBWW advocates for safe and healthy working conditions.

For more information visit efbww.org

The Cancer Prevention and Education Society, CPES

The Cancer Prevention and Education Society works to reduce the incidence of cancer and other diseases, communicating the latest research to key technical and policy audiences to make the case for improved chemicals regulation.

For more information visit cancerpreventionsociety.org

The European Fire Fighter Unions Alliance, EFFUA

EFFUA is the European Fire Fighters Unions Alliance. EFFUA promotes the highest standards of safety for fire fighters in all countries, through the adoption of safe working practices, staffing standards and the provision of the best available equipment.

For more information visit About us – EFFUA.

Zero Waste Europe, ZWE

Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) represents the European municipalities that have openly committed to the goal of continuously reducing waste generation and improving waste separate collection and hence redesigning the relationship between people and waste.

For more information visit zerowasteeurope.eu.  


Environmental Coalition on Standards

The Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS) is an international NGO with a network of members and experts advocating for environmentally friendly technical standards, policies and laws. ECOS drives change by providing expertise to policymakers and industry players, leading to the implementation of strong environmental principles.

For more information visit www.ecostandard.org.

CHEM Trust

CHEM Trust is a collaboration between CHEM Trust, a UK-registered charity, and CHEM Trust Europe, a charity based in Germany. Both charities work together toprevent hazardous chemicals from causing long-term damage to wildlife or humans. 

For more information visit chemtrust.org.uk.

The Health and Environment Alliance, HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) stands for sustainable societies, clean air, healthy food, toxic free natural and built environments, aiming at building a world in which today’s and future generations can benefit from a clean environment to enjoy long and healthy lives – without health-harming chemicals, with clean air and healthy food and with a toxic free, renewable and sustainable economy and society.

For more information visit env-health.org


Arnika is a Czech non-governmental organization uniting people seeking better environment. Arnika believes that natural wealth is not only a gift, but also an obligation to save it for future. Arnika was established in 2001 and since its foundation has become one of the most important environmental organizations in the Czech Republic. 

For more information visit https://english.arnika.org/about-us


FENA represents the interests of the European furniture retail sector. FENA supports the goal of safer products.

For more information visit https://fena-furniture.com


The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture in Europe consists of stakeholders ranging from environmental and health NGOs to industry, cancer organisations, fire fighters and labour unions.

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