Code of Practice
What the Code of Practice means for you
Now there’s a way to be completely assured that the beds you and your customers buy are everything they say they are. That’s to buy from a National Bed Federation Approved Member.
Every NBF-approved member manufacturer (and quite a few component suppliers too) has been audited by SATRA against NBF’s strict Code of Practice, which sets out criteria for ensuring processes and procedures are in place for supply chain scrutiny and compliance with regulatory compliance.
Our video explains what the NBF Code of Practice means for UK bed retailers.
Code of Practice FAQs
What exactly are the Code’s criteria?
The NBF Code of Practice Version 4/2021 covers 10 key areas of business:
- Cleanliness & Re-use
- Trade descriptions
- Labelling & composition of textile products
- Timber legislation
- Chemical legislation (REACH, POPs, Biocides)
- Evidence of Health & safety compliance
- Evidence of Process Controls / Procedures
- Evidence of PAS 7100 – product safety incident plan
- Evidence of reporting under Modern Slavery Act 2015 (where obligated)
What’s the point? Aren’t the NBF just wasting their time, putting all this effort into checking if companies are complying with the law, when that’s what they should be doing anyway?
We’re not saying that only NBF members are reputable, of course. But we’ve got to start somewhere and that means putting our own house in order first. Our members want this. They want to say loud and clear to their customers, “we do it how it should be done.”
Basically, we want the trade and the public to know that, if they buy a product from an NBF member they can buy with confidence, knowing that safety standards are being met and that they are buying what it says it is!
What does it mean to retailers?
Retailers should also remember that they are equally responsible for ensuring the products they source comply with the required laws. Ignorance isn’t an excuse and it is YOUR business, along with the supplier’s, which could face court action and financial penalties (or worse) and the consequential loss of face and long term business damage.
How vigorous are the auditing checks?
How often will the audits be repeated to ensure members remain compliant?
What happens if an NBF Member fails an audit?
Will new members have to be audited before they can join?
How will the scheme be publicised?
The key is to get the new logo out there and recognised. NBF members will be able to use the new ‘Made by an Approved Member’ logo on product labels and a wide range of marketing materials. The NBF will continue to use both PR and advertising to raise awareness of the Mark and what it stands for.
Does the Code actually clamp down on less scrupulous traders?
Code of Practice Summary
View a PDF summary of the main points of the NBF Code of Practice.
Due Diligence Testing Programme
Developed by the NBF to strengthen its Code of Practice.
BFC Contract Flammability Guide
BFC Domestic Flammability Guide
Code of Practice Resources
This content is only available to employees of companies who are NBF Members.
Members have access to helpful information on key areas such as Market Intelligence & Reports, Regulations & Standards, Trade Name Register and details of the NBF Code of Practice and our Due Diligence testing Programme.
Please note, this is not for retailers.
Join the NBF
Become part of the trade association for the UK bed industry