04 Oct FORUM
It has been decided that we must POSTPONE the FRETWORK FORUM we had called for 27thNovember 2019.
This decision has been taken with regret.
We had originally chosen the forum to celebrate our achievement of making a primary authority agreement with Nottinghamshire.
That celebration is not diminished by this decision.
It had been planned that we would also examine and discuss the recent select committee report on toxic chemicals in consumer articles, the DEFRA project on waste management and the proposals for the labelling of articles within the FFR and indeed any developments from BEIS/OPSS on the review of the FFR.
We seem to have been overtaken by events and what we see with respect to the ancillary items has now taken on the importance of our main business. We are waiting to see the first concrete proposals on these issues and would meet without the best opportunity to consider them.
A delay until the first quarter of 2020 has become both sensible and necessary.
What is clear is that our Code of Good Practice (FCOGP) and the Agreement with Nottinghamshire are seriously implicated in the proposals under consideration.
However – and this is most alarming – the lack of understanding of what is done at present has become apparent within the process of considering the recent topics. They are all linked in different ways. It is clear that the present system operated by the Supply Chain is not fully understood or recognised.
We have seen the lack a clarity of purpose that will lead to disappointment to some and of not attaining their objectives for others whilst challenging and even compromising the existing systems.
For the sake of topicality we should also mention the continuing political uncertainty which has the potential to make a nonsense of all we are considering here.
FRETWORK – the Flame Retardant Textiles Network Ltd.