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An update to the China Furniture GB Requirement was released on October 31, 2011 by General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) and Standardization Administration of Peoples’ Republic of China (SAC). Here are some of the main highlights from this update.

General Specification for Mahogany Furniture

It specifies for the first time that Mahogany Furniture shall be accompanied with a “Product Quality Card” with a special format, in which the manufacturer should detail the testing standards, product workmanship classification, product quality level, scope of application of the product and main materials etc. If the customer finds out that the product is inconsistent with the label description, this label could be used as evidence for lodging a claim.

The General Specification for Children's Furniture

It applies to furniture products designed and intended for use by children from the age of 3 to 14. The Specification standardizes the scope, terms, definitions, general requirements, safety requirements, warning sign, testing methods, testing requirements, label and instructions. It also covers furniture made from different types of materials: wood, metals, plastic and upholstered material. There are 9 chapters and 2 appendices in the Specification, and the safety requirement and warning sign are mandatory.

The General Specification for Glass Furniture

It specifies the terms, definitions, classification, requirements, testing method, testing standard, labeling, instruction, packaging, transportation and storage for glass furniture. The requirements of performance, dimension, safety and restricted substances for glass furniture are mandatory whilst the others are voluntary.

Impacts on Production and Supply Chain

New GB requirements for furniture set up technical criteria in production and supply chain, which will help manufacturers to standardize their designs and production, and furthermore prevent poor quality products being sold on the market.

The General Specification for Mahogany Furniture GB 28010-2011, General Specification for Children's Furniture GB 28007-2011 and General Specification for Glass Furniture GB 28008-2011 will be put into practice on August 1, 2012.

SGS can test the compliance of your furniture according to the furniture GB standards. Moreover SGS leads the way in providing specialist expertise to the global furniture market. Our laboratories in Asia, Europe and USA test all types of furniture to applicable standards and regulations worldwide. Find out more about SGS’s full range of services for furniture.

For more information, please contact:

Bill Wang
Technical Supervisor, HL
SGS - China
t +86 757 2280 5716

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