Standards in Development


Here you will find updates on BIFMA standards and guidelines currently in the development process. If you are willing to share your expertise regarding any of these standards, please join us by contacting Dave Panning with any questions.

New Standards

Healthcare Furniture Standard
The new Healthcare Furniture Subcommittee under the leadership of Mark Jensen (Chair) and Casey Van Winkle (Vice-Chair) is developing a Healthcare Furniture Standard.  The initial activity is focused on seating (with emphasis on Bariatric needs) and cleaning/disinfection guidance. Subsequently the Subcommittee will work on Tables, Carts, and Storage.

X5.11 Heavy Occupant Chair Standard 
The Seating Subcommittee has developed a new standard for office chairs with 253 to 400 lbs. as the basis for the tests.  This standard picks up where X5.1 (up to 253 lbs./95th percentile male) left off regarding user weights. This 2015 standard is now available for purchase on line.

Standards Revisions

As part of being an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited Standards Developer, BIFMA maintains its ANSI Approved standards as well as developing new standards. Each time a standard is revised, or a new standard written, BIFMA assembles a group of individuals who approve the particular standard. In order to be completely in the spirit of "open and consensus based" standards development, BIFMA must find a wide dispersion of individuals from various "interest categories." These interest categories should have a degree of balance, that is, there should not be one category that outnumbers or overpowers the other groups. This is what ANSI refers to as "balance."  

Since BIFMA is a manufacturers organization, we usually have a sufficient level of participation in the Producer/Manufacturer, Suppliers, and Test Lab Category to participate in the Canvass of a standard. However, we have to reach out to find individuals in the  not-as-well-represented interest categories such as; Trade Associations, Consultants, General Interest that includes User/Specifier, Distributor/Retailer, and Government Agency.

If you know of a person or group who would be described by the categories above, please either let them know of the upcoming ANSI Canvass associated with developing and maintaining office furniture product standards described below, or, pass the name and/or organization of the person along to us, so that we may contact them to determine if they would be interested industry participants. BIFMA maintains a list of interested parties for each of our standards.

ANSI/BIFMA X5.1-2017
This standard was revised in February of 2017 and available for purchase on-line.  For questions contact: Dave Panning.

ANSI/BIFMA X5.4-2012 Lounge & Public Seating & ANSI/BIFMA X6.1-2012 Educational Seating
The Seating Subcommittee began the revision process for these standards in late 2016.  If you are interested in participation, then please contact: Dave Panning.

ANSI/BIFMA X5.6-2016
This standard was revised in January of 2016 with the addition of tests for Access Doors and also Full Height Walls.  For questions contact: Dave Panning.

ANSI/BIFMA X7.1 - 2011 (R2016) and ANSI / BIFMA M7.1 - 2011 (R2016)
These standards were reaffirmed by ANSI in April of 2016.  Any questions contact: Dave Panning

ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 - 2012 Storage Units
The File Subcommittee began the revision process for this standard in early 2017.  If you are interested in participation, then please contact: Dave Panning.