US Mandates Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture

Top Quote A look at the US CPSC’s mandating of California TB 117 as the flammability standard for upholstered furniture used indoors. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 05, 2021 - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has mandated compliance to the requirements in California Technical Bulletin (TB) 117-2013 for upholstered furniture used indoors.

    California TB 117 is a flammability standard that contains the requirements, procedures and apparatus for testing the smolder resistance of materials used in upholstered furniture. It covers fabrics, barrier materials, resilient filling materials and decking materials. It does not apply to:
    • Mattresses
    • Foundations
    • Bedding products
    • Furniture exclusively used in physical exercise

    Under the ‘COVID-19 Regulatory Relief and Work from Home Safety Act’, the CPSC was required to issue a Direct Final Rule that codified flammability and testing requirements, alongside certification and labelling standards for upholstered furniture. It applies to furniture that is:
    • Manufactured
    • Imported
    • Reupholstered

    Compliant products must then carry a permanent label that states: ‘Complies with U.S. CPSC requirements for upholstered furniture flammability’.

    16 CFR part 1640 states:
    • June 25, 2021: all upholstered furniture within scope must comply with the flammability requirements in California TB 117
    • June 25, 2022: all upholstered furniture within scope must comply with labelling requirements

    Compliance with the regulation will not require a Certificate of Compliance (CoC).

    The Direct Final Rule was issued on April 9, 2021 and will become effective on June 25, 2021, unless the CPSC receives significant adverse comment by May 10, 2021.

    Preemption - Requirements of the standard are not subject to preemption by another State or any political subdivision of a State, except under provisions set forth in Section 1640.5 b&c.

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