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SGS has accepted the Australian Furniture Association’s (AFA) invitation to become a premium partner.

This agreement will allow SGS to provide the Australian furniture sector with up-to-date information about overseas markets, and provide preferential rates for testing services using SGS’s laboratories. In addition, SGS will participate in future furniture events undertaken by the AFA.

The Australian furniture industry is estimated to be worth $27.4 billion. It is a major contributor to both the domestic economy and the Asia-Pacific region, and forecasts show this sector is predicted to continue to grow.

The AFA is Australia’s principal industry association representing the furniture supply chain. Its membership includes manufacturers, importers and exporters of residential and commercial furniture, industry suppliers, retailers, allied associations and key stakeholders.

AFA membership benefits affiliates in several ways. Firstly, through being part of an association with a respected voice, recognized by government, media and the public. Secondly, members gain preferential access to professional business services, advocacy, and network support. In addition, the AFA maintains premium partnerships with selected organizations, such as SGS, which ensure their members receive the latest information on ways to manage and grow their businesses.

Australian Furniture Regulation

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) states that mandatory standards are mainly required for products designed for children – for example, bunk beds, bean bags, cots, etc. While many other product types are not required by law to comply with mandatory standards, there are an increasing number of recalls and product bans, resulting from safety breaches. Ultimately, products placed on the Australian market must be safe for the end user and compliance with Australian and/or international standards will help achieve this aim.

The majority of recalls are voluntary actions undertaken by businesses that discover their products have a dangerous defect. Testing against recognised standards will help mitigate this risk and reduce the possibility of a costly and damaging product recall.

For more information, visit the Product Safety Recalls Australia website.

SGS Furniture Services

SGS has furniture testing capabilities in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam to help manufacturers access the Australian market. We help businesses deliver well-designed, functional, durable and safe products to their customers, and we have the furniture industry, regulatory and technical expertise to check a products’ compliance against relevant standards and specifications. Learn more about SGS’s Furniture Services.

For further information, please contact:

Priscille Galceran
Global Furniture Expert
t: +33 6 20 09 86 14
www.sgs.com/hardlines

About SGS

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.