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New Registry Lists Safe and Durable Commercial Furniture

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March 2, 2021 | Bill Esler

News Release

Grand Rapids, MI – With 40 furniture brands and hundreds of entries, BIFMA formally launched its much-anticipated Compliant registry of furniture that meets standards for being safe and durable. 

BIFMA Compliant is an industry-wide registry of furniture products conforming to BIFMA or ANSI/BIFMA safety and durability standards. Compliant is expected to provide clarity to the market by differentiating products that meet established industry standards.

This is even more important lately with the shift to remote work. While office furniture purchases traditionally were handled by a company facility purchasing agent, as millions of employees work from home, the purchase decision is increasingly left to the end user.

BIFMA Logo

“The design community who specifies furniture and the customers who buy furniture have both expressed the need to more readily identify products they trust – products that will be safe and will perform,” says BIFMA President and CEO Deirdre Jimenez AIA, NCIDQ. “With the increased need to work remotely, the application of this resource is even more timely. BIFMA Compliant is available to the public, both commercial customers and residential consumers.”

BIFMA says it wants Compliant to help all consumers make confident furniture buying decisions. The registry is a resource for both specifiers and buyers to quickly identify quality products that comply with safety and durability standards.

Allseating (31)
Bimos (3)
BioFit Engineered Products (102)
Carolina (121)
Coalesse (66)
Davis Furniture (51)
ergoCentric (19)
ESI (75)
Global Furniture Group (93)
Great Openings (18)
Haworth (62)
Herman Miller (49)
Hirsh Industries (7)
HON COMPANY (80)
Humanscale (13)
Indiana Furniture (58)
Inscape (11)
Interstuhl (10)
Interwoven (33) Keilhauer (18)
KI (6)
Kimball (97)
Knoll (26)
Maxon Furniture Inc (16)
National Office Furniture (88)
Nucraft (17)
Office Specialty (6)
OFS (167)
OM Seating (11)
Stance Healthcare (25)
Steelcase (102)
Steelcase Health (39)
STYLEX (41)
The Gunlocke Company, LLC (36)
Trendway (15)
Turnstone (29)
Versteel (15)
Via Seating (31)
VS (58)
Weber Knapp (8)

Furniture brands and products listed in the initial BIFMA Compliant Registry

BIFMA, an ANSI-accredited standards developer, worked with members and stakeholders for nearly three years to develop and implement this program which is open to all furniture manufacturers who elect to participate. Access to view products in the registry is available at www.bifma.org free of charge.

BIFMA Compliant Chart

A sample of the standards at the BIFMA Compliant registry 

“Products in the registry must be tested in an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited test lab with the ANSI/BIFMA standards listed in the test lab’s Scope of Accreditation,” says Dave Panning, BIFMA technical director of Safety and Performance. 

Since furniture manufacturers are uploading the information, BIFMA intends to spot check for accuracy and veracity. “Products are subjected to test report audits,” says Panning. 

The new BIFMA Compliant program complements the existing LEVEL Sustainability program. Both registries run on the ecomedes platform designed to optimize product purchasing. For more information about the BIFMA Compliant program, to join, or to see the registry, visit www.bifma.org.

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