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Regulatory & Compliance

Midland Interiors products comply with various international regulatory requirements and we regularly test batches of products and materials to ensure that they meet the relevant requirements.


Regulation
Country
Requirements
How it applies to us
How we implement it
Lacey ActU.S.AUnder the Lacey Act, it is unlawful to import, export, sell, acquire, or purchase fish, wildlife plants or wood that are taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of U.S. or foreign law.For Midland Interiors to be able to sell products in the U.S.A, the timber in our products must be sourced from legally sourced wood.We source timber from government-run plantation. Each time we export to U.S.A the customs broker is required to generate a LACEY Act document to prove that we meet the requirement.
EUTRE.UThe EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) makes it illegal to place illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market and all affected entities must adopt practices to assure that their timber or timber products are at least legal.For Midland Interiors to be able to sell products in the European Union, our products must be sourced from legally sourced woodFor each batch of manufactured furniture, we pay a license fee to the authority that regulates the plantation from where the timber was sourced to check and approve our products to meet the local standard enabling us to certify to EUTR.
FLEGT E.UFLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) is the EU’s Action Plan. Established in 2003, it aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance and promoting trade in legally produced timber.As an organisation involved in the processing of timber, we are required to conform to FLEGTThe timber used throughout our supply-chain is sourced from plantations which conform to FLEGT requirements.
 Goho Wood JapanIn 1998, the Japanese Government introduced, as a new action against illegal logging, measures to ensure that it procures wood with verified legality and sustainability under the Green Purchasing Law in April, 2006.For Midland Interiors to be able to sell products in Japan, our products must be sourced from legally sourced woodFor each batch of manufactured furniture, we pay a license fee to the authority that regulates the plantation from where the timber was sourced to check and approve our products to meet the local standard enabling us to certify to Goho Wood.
 ILPA (2012)AustraliaUnder the ILPA (The Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act), companies importing timber and timber products into Australia are required to carry out due diligence so as to minimise the risk of illegally logged timber being present in their supply chains.For Midland Interiors to be able to sell products in Australia, our products must be sourced from legally sourced wood.For each batch of manufactured furniture, we pay a license fee to the authority that regulates the plantation from where the timber was sourced to check and approve our products to meet the local standard enabling us to certify to ILPA.
 EN 1021 – Part 1 & 2E.UThis a a E.U wide standard which regulates the ignitability of upholstered furniture. The test is rigorous and takes place in a strictly controlled environment by a nationally accredited institution. The test ensures that the upholstery does not ignite with a lit cigarette or match within a specified duration.All upholstered products must pass this safety test before the products can be safely and legally sold within the E.UEach batch of materials is tested in a UKAS accredited laboratory to ensure that the materials pass this safety test and technical certifications can be made available upon request.
 BS 5852 – Part 1 & 2 U.KIn the U.K all items of domestic upholstered furniture must meet the “Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988”. To comply with this legislation, the upholstery must be tested in a UKAS accredited institution under strictly a strictly controlled environment.All of our upholstered products must pass this safety test before the products can be safely and legally sold within the U.K.Each batch of materials is tested in a UKAS accredited laboratory to ensure that the materials pass this safety test and technical certifications can be made available upon request.
California TB 117 U.S.ATB 117-2013 mandates that, all filling materials, including flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) that can reasonably be expected to be used in or as an article of furniture, or as a mattress pad without a covering, in California must meet the smoulder-resistant requirements of the TB 117-2013 Resilient Filling Material Test.All of our upholstered products must pass this safety test before the products can be safely and legally sold within California.Each batch of materials is tested in a ANAB accredited laboratory to ensure that the materials pass this safety test and technical certifications can be made available upon request.
DIN 66084 Pb GermanyIn Germany all items of upholstered furniture must meet the DIN 66084. To comply with this legislation, the upholstery must be tested in an accredited institution under strictly a strictly controlled environment.All of our upholstered products must pass this safety test before the products can be safely and legally sold within the U.K.Each batch of materials is tested in a UKAS accredited laboratory to ensure that the materials pass the equivalent of this safety test and technical certifications can be made available upon request
ISPF-15InternationalInternational Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6mm, used to ship products between countries.When we export products or ship overseas, we usually secure the products using wooden packaging to prevent damage in transit. This timber must be treated to ISPM-15 standard.All of our timber based packaging is fumigated with approved chemicals at our Birmingham based Treatment facility so that it complies with ISPM-15
PLEST 5PLEST is a Midland Interiors project which demands that our operations, materials and timber conform to various legal, ethical and environmental standardsThe latest version, PLEST 5 adds a whole new layer of standardisation. Our whole supply-chain, workforce, operations and human resources must comply with PLEST 5There are many ways in which we implement PLEST 5. Because this is our very own standard, we exercise a great deal of innovation and flexibility to ensure that we comply. You can read more about PLEST here.
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