- GB/T 10357.8-2015 Test of mechanical properties of furniture — Part 8: Stability of chairs with tilting or reclining mechanisms when fully reclined, and rocking chairsThe new standard was issued on 2015-06-02 and implemented on 2016-01-01. This is a brand new part of the GB/T 10357 series standards for mechanical testing of furniture. It focuses on stability of seating, which applies to recliners, rocking chairs and lounges.
- The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) proposed changes to seven EN furniture standards at the end of 2015. While the current standards are still valid until they are withdrawn, manufacturers will want to be aware of the changes to the standards and can begin testing to them at anytime. The new standards include newer test methods that have been designed to be more precise and reliable.Below is an outline of the updates:
- On October 29, 2015, UL, BIFMA, and the GSA conducted a presentation titled, Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency, at NeoCon East in Philadelphia. Stefania Crum of GSA, Dave Panning of BIFMA, and Doug Woodard of UL discussed how variations in testing, reports, and product names present specifiers with challenges to ensure products have met GSA requirements. Are there specific GSA requirements that help unify the testing process? Stevie Crum, Commodity Service Specialist for GSA, indicated several requirements during the NeoCon presentation that can help establish GSA acceptance and simplify the test report process.
- High-profile retailers have come under scrutiny for selling products that exceed formaldehyde emissions limits set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Air Toxics Control Measure. The CARB regulation limits formaldehyde emissions from plywood, particleboard, and MDF. These limits have been in place since 2009, and more stringent CARB Phase 2 limits have been in place since 2012. Since California would be the world's 10th largest economy as a standalone country, most composite wood mills make panels that find their way into California via finished products such as flooring, furniture and other building materials. The wood product industry has clearly defined 3rd party certification requirements under the regulation; however, finished product manufacturers (fabricators) and retailer requirements are left open to interpretation.