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 Seating Standard:
The Seating Subcommittee is developing a seating standard with considerations of Healthcare and large users (400-600 lb.) 

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.

Teams are currently working on revisions for the following standards:

ANSI/BIFMA X5.4-2012 -  Lounge and Public Seating
ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2014 -  Desk / Table Products
ANSI/SOHO S6.5-2008 (R2013) - Small Office / Home Office