|BIFMA Standards Overview|
Furniture Comfort, Safety, Sustainability, and Durability Standards
As a user, you may take the comfort, safety, and durability of the furniture for granted in your places of work, learning, and healing. In large part, this confidence is because of the voluntary standards that have been adopted by the commercial furniture industry. Chairs that support securely, casters that roll smoothly year after year, drawers that retain their shape even when jam-packed–these are the expectations of safe and functional business and institutional environments. BIFMA sponsors the development and ongoing maintenance of the standards that form the basis of this user confidence.
BIFMA Product Safety and Performance Standards and Guidelines
BIFMA may provide standards free of charge to government and higher education institution employees for reference and review purposes. Please contact Melissa Hubbel to request a copy. Please direct technical support questions to Dave Panning.
BIFMA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Our standards development protocol conforms to ANSI Essential Requirements, and therefore includes:
The BIFMA Engineering Committee organizes the development of our standards, shepherding the process from the formation of working groups and canvass lists, through the drafting and revision of standards, to the publication and regular review of accepted standards. The standards are intended to provide manufacturers, specifiers, and users with a common basis for evaluating safety, durability, and the structural adequacy of the specified furniture, independent of construction materials. The standards define specific tests, laboratory equipment and test conditions, and minimum acceptance levels to be used in evaluating products.
United States Furniture Compliance Requirements
The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have put together "A Guide to United States Furniture Compliance Requirements." This Guide includes a broad range of mandatory and voluntary requirements for selling furniture in the United States. (Note - BIFMA references listed on pages 20-22 and 25).
International Furniture Standards
BIFMA is also accredited by ANSI to be the administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee TC-136 Furniture. This has been very useful for BIFMA in its involvement with International Standards for office furniture. However, ISO TC-136 covers ALL furniture, not just office furniture. Those interested in International Standards for furniture other than office furniture should contact BIFMA.
An overview of the BIFMA Healthcare Furniture Cleaning Guide hosted by the University of Michigan, January 2015. Video Link
BIFMA members gave a presentation at the Healthcare Design conference in November 2017, on the topic of Healthcare Seating. You may view the presentation here
BIFMA and Mississippi State University partnered to study large occupants and the forces they create on commercial seating products. The title of the publication is, “Measuring Humans for Heavy Duty Chair Testing and Design.” You may view the publication here.
Chair Measurement Device
Click here to learn more about ISO chair measurement device (CMD)