I've imported some American cushions and furniture to sell in my shop. The labels say that they comply with US Regulations. Does this mean that they are OK to sell in the UK?
No, all furniture sold in the UK must comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, as amended. These Regulations specify tests for both the covering material and the fillings of both furniture and cushions. The tests are contained in various British Standards, mainly BS 5852: Part 1:1979 and BS 5852:Part 2:1982. You will need to advise your suppliers in America of the requirements of these Regulations and Standards. You may also need to set up a sampling and testing regime in the UK for any furniture that you import. The Regulations also set out a number of labelling requirements for both furniture and cushions. You may wish to consider importing the cushion covers unfilled and then fill them using cushions that have been made for the UK market and are labelled accordingly.