BLC Leather Technology

Leather and Textile Flammability Testing

Leather and Textile Flammability Testing

BLC are able to offer flammability testing on-site at our UKAS accredited laboratory. BLC are one of the fastest testing laboratories in Europe and deliver results within 5 working days. We possess the technical expertise to develop specifications to ensure that products are fit for purpose and compliant with current legislation.

Flammability testing is an assessment of how easily a product will burn or ignite, causing fire or combustion. Internationally a variety of test protocols and standards exist to quantify flammability.  BLC are familiar with these protocols and can test products to ensure compliance.

In order for upholstery to be compliant with the fire regulations of all countries the product must be tested against one of the approved standards.  If the product is tested in accordance with the British standard it can be sold in the UK only, however if tested with the European standard it can be sold in the whole of Europe except for the UK.


Flammability regulations cover a number of issues including:

• All filling materials must meet specific ignition tests
• All upholstery must be cigarette resistant
• Furniture must be permanently labelled
• Furniture suppliers must maintain records for five years


BLC offer the following leather and textile flammability tests:

BS 5852:Part1:1979 - Fire tests for furniture. Methods of test for the ignitability by smokers' materials of upholstered composites for seating - for the purpose of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

BS 7176:2007 - Specification for resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture for non-domestic seating by testing composites

BS EN 1021-1:2006 - Furniture. Assessment of the ignitability of upholstered furniture. Ignition source smouldering cigarette

BS EN 1021-2:2006 Furniture. Assessment of the ignitability of upholstered furniture. Ignition source match flame equivalent

16 CFR 1610 - Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles

16 CFR 1630 (FF 1-70) - Standard for the surface flammability of carpets and rugs

16 CFR 1631 (FF 2-70) - Standard for the surface flammability of small carpets and rugs


Why choose BLC for your flammability testing?

• Competitive pricing
• Speed of delivery – testing results within 5 days
• Technical back up and support from experts if needed
• A focus on customer service and support
• An assured pedigree through 90 years of experience


Please click here to download a copy of our sample submission form.

If you require further information on flammability testing, please contact the testing team at or call us on +44(0)1604 679999

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