The American Home Furnishings Alliance says California's flammability rules for upholstered furniture are the "de facto" national standard.
Bill Perdue of the Alliance says it supports California's proposed revisions, which focus more on the ignition of fabric covering rather than on an open flame test on foam cushions.
PERDUE:"Focusing on smolder ignition, will hopefully move us away from the need for flame retardant chemicals in the future."
California officials say it's the open flame test on foam that causes industry to use flame retardant chemicals, which environmental groups say are toxic.
Perdue says the transition to the new flammability standard won't be burdensome on industry.
State officials will be accepting public comment on the rules over the coming weeks.