National Bed Federation - Code of Practise
The National Bed Federation has introduced a new Code of Practice designed to encourage good practice in the industry and reassure consumers that they can buy NBF-approved beds with confidence.
Membership of the NBF is dependent on compliance with the Code of Practice. It covers three main areas of bed production – flammability, health and hygiene and trade descriptions. These are all legal requirements but sometimes misunderstood or in the case of some shadier companies, deliberately flouted.
“It’s a mark of approval but not to be confused with a quality mark. We’re looking at best practice and processes within each company and helping them achieve acceptable standards. What we hope is that the code will reinforce the credibility of NBF members and help improve standards across the wider industry.”
All current NBF manufacturer members have been audited over the summer and if they meet the criteria will be entitled to use the new NBF Approved logo. If they don’t, their membership of the NBF will cease.
“Most companies make every effort to do things properly, but it isn’t always all that straight forward. The flammability regulations in particular are both complex and in parts quite confusing. The independent audits aren’t just designed to catch companies out, they are there to help them get it right, too, which is exactly what’s been happening.
NBF Approved Code of Practise Explained
The mark of approval you need to be looking for
All NBF members manufacturing beds, headboards and other ‘finished’ products, having been audited and approved, will be using the new ‘NBF Approved Member’ membership logo.
The new NBF Code is not a quality mark. The audits specifically look at best practice and processes within each company, rather than checking out every product every company makes
Code of Practice Overview
This is a brief overview of the National Bed Federation Approved Code of Practice. The full version will be available soon.
Sleep Council Retailer Panel
Garry Preston, Managing Director of Haskins Furniture, is a member of Sleep Council's Retailers Panel
More information can be found on the National Bed Federation's website.