EN 16121, the reference standard for all non-domestic furniture, has been updated. It now includes laboratory furniture, amongst other minor modifications.

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The EN 16121 – Non-domestic storage furniture – requirement for safety, strength durability and stability is the standard reference for most of the non-domestic market.

In the last version, laboratory furniture was included in the list of product categories to which the standard did not apply, such as domestic furniture, office furniture, industrial furniture, retail furniture and industrial storage lockers.

An amendment to EN 16121, published in late 2017, has removed laboratory furniture from the excluded list. Therefore, EN 16121+A1:2017 is now applicable to laboratory furniture.

However, EN 14727:2006 – Laboratory furniture — Storage units for laboratories — Requirements and test methods has not been cancelled yet, the cancellation process is ongoing.

As EN 16121 is updated and considering the potential risks and adapted test methods, this standard should be preferred.

Please also note that a requirement concerning the inclusion of office storage furniture is also ongoing, for a future amendment.

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