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BIFMA X5.4-2020 Standard for Seating in Public Spaces Recently Approved by ANSI

The Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) X5.4-2020 standard is the first of three furniture standards under review to be approved by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). As a result, products must be tested to the new requirements at your earliest convenience. [...]

UL is Now an Accredited Third-Party Certification Body for FEMB level Certification to Help European Manufacturers Demonstrate Product Sustainability

New Program Provides An Umbrella Certification Scheme While Also Accounting for Country-Specific SchemesCabiate (CO), Italy, November 28, 2018 — today UL announced it is an accredited independent third-party certification body in accordance to FEMB level, the European program for sustainability certification of office and contract furniture in interiors. Through FEMB level, UL can now help European manufacturers demonstrate product sustainability while enabling end-users to make more informed sustainable product selections. Similar to the BIFMA LEVEL Certification program, Europe’s level Certification evaluates the environmental and social sustainability of office furniture products, but is tailored to the European market. [...]

UL Offers Industry’s First Certification Program for BIFMA Performance Standards

UL is now offering the first and only program that certifies that a product meets BIFMA performance standards for furniture. Now, furniture manufacturers can achieve certification from a trusted third-party certifier that demonstrates products meet industry performance and durability requirements. Certification allows you to meet a variety of purchasing requirements, such as GSA specifications, and use of the UL mark on your products and promotional materials. [...]

UL Furniture & Bedding Division Hosts Event and Lab Tour for BIFMA X5.1 Meeting Attendees

During the BIFMA X5.1 Chair Meeting, held from May 13th – 14th at Kimball International in Jasper, Indiana, UL welcomed meeting attendees to an event and lab tour of UL’s nearby testing facility. It was a pleasure to host the BIFMA meeting's attendees and show them our testing technologoy and capabilities. [...]

UL International Italia S.R.L. — The First and Only Lab in Italy with BIFMA X5.1, X5.11, and X5.4 Standard Accreditations

UL Furniture & Bedding’s European Center of Excellence, UL International Italia S.R.L. [...]

Environmental Testing

We are excited to announce we are adding more services! We have recently acquired the capabilities to conduct environmental testing! We will have one environmental chamber in our Jasper lab for larger projects. Chamber is 32 cubic feet in size. This chamber has temperature and humidity control that range from -30 F to 375 F and humidity from 10 percent to 98 percent. [...]


Advanced Furniture Testing is officially now a part of Underwriters Laboratories. As of Today (October 1) we have been acquired by UL to broaden their services and portfolio in the furniture industry. We will bring our expertise in the mechanical testing sector to pair up with their safety and volatile organic compound testing services. [...]

Accreditation Awarded to our Jasper Lab!

We are pleased to announce that our lab in Jasper, IN has been awarded accreditation. A2LA has accreditated us in the following test standards; Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA); Kitchen Cabinetry Manufacturers Association (KCMA); Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB); and General Services Administration (GSA). The Jasper Lab is a 9,600 square-foot building equipped with over ten machines that can handle any mechanical furniture testing. [...]

A new Standard has been released!

ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2014 has been offically released today! In this new standard there are several new tests as well as updates on the present ones. I just want to bullet point the more important ones here. [...]

ANSI/SOHO S6.5 Reaffirmed

SMALL OFFICE/HOME OFFICE FURNITURE REAFFIRMED A standard was reaffirmed for the second time in BIFMA's history. ANSI/SOHO S6.5-2008 for Small Office/Home Office Furniture was reaffirmed this month and released as ANSI/SOHO S6. [...]