BIFMA Provides Update on Compliant Program
BIFMA has finalized the requirements for its Compliant Program. The implementation date has been delayed several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) has finalized the requirements for its Compliant Program. Citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BIFMA Board of Directors, along with the BIFMA Engineering and Marketing Committees, have decided to delay the launch of the program. BIFMA’s plan is to begin executing contractual agreements in November and begin loading product information to the registry as of December 1. The anticipated live date of registry will be, March 1, 2021.
The requirements for the program can be found on BIFMA’s website. Within this document are the Agreement (contract to participate), Program Scheme (rule set), a copy of the Conformance Requirements, along with ‘mark’ and ‘registry’ Usage Guidelines for declaring product conformance.
BIFMA Compliant is a voluntary program focused on increasing consistency and visibility of products that comply with BIFMA standards.
- The program will cover nine mechanical standards that focus on safety and durability
- The program will be open to both BIFMA members (with discounted pricing available), as well as non-member companies
- Testing must be conducted in an ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory with the relevant BIFMA standard(s) in their Scope of Accreditation. The laboratory may be a 1st party (in-house) or 3rd party laboratory
- Test reports will be subject to random audits by BIFMA staff
- A company executive must sign a formal agreement with BIFMA to participate
- An aggregated product registry will list conforming products by manufacturer on a new website
- Participating manufacturers may use a trademarked “BIFMA Compliant” mark for their products and marketing materials
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