Could BEIS resolve the flame retardant conundrum?

Consultation has opened on revising controversial regulations governing the flammability of furniture

Before the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 entered force, sights like this were more common. Photograph: Victor Zastolskiy/123RF

Legislation effectively mandating the use of flame retardants in furniture has been a source of controversy for decades. But it could now be on the cusp of fundamental change.

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