BEIS dismisses claim that officials blocked toxic chemicals regulation reform

The government has said that there is ’no evidence’ to substantiate allegations that officials impeded plans to reform rules that put toxic chemicals into household furniture, following inquiries from a House of Commons committee.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) permanent secretary Alex Chisholm received a letter from Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, as part of its inquiry into toxic substances in everyday life. The letter and his reply were published last week.

The MPs are investigating why the Furniture Regulations have been little-changed since 1988, despite growing evidence of the health impacts of flame retardant chemicals used to meet them, which have been shown to produce deadly smoke when furniture does catch fire.

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