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BIFMA Certification What does BIFMA mean? BIFMA, or the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association, is a non-profit organization that was formed with the purpose of creating voluntary standards that would promote safe working environments. What is BIFMA Testing? The ANSI/BIFMA Tests. ANSI/BIFMA put in place common standards for furniture products meant for use in a commercial office environment. Testing facilities that adhere to BIFMA protocols test office furniture durability, structural performance, and safety. Why Should I Care about ANSI/BIFMA Testing? When a buyer purchases a piece of office furniture that has received an ANSI/BIFMA rating, he knows that you are investing in a safe and sustainable product that meets strict standards for performance. How Does a Product Receive an ANSI/BIFMA Rating? In order to for a piece of office or commercial furniture to receive an ANSI and BIFMA rating, it is put through a rigorous set of tests that have been specially designed and developed by experts. These tests are meant to measure safety, performance, and sustainability. Benefits BIFMA testing is a valuable marketing tool that reassures buyers of a company's credibility while serving as a key differentiator. BIFMA standards provide you enhanced brand protection with reduced risk & also increase customer confidence & satisfaction Get your furniture tested by an accredited BIFMA test lab.
Benefits of BIFMA LEVEL certified products
Through our deep expertise in sustainable certification programs and eco-labels, in addition to our dedicated furniture industry team, we deliver exceptional customer service that provides a distinct advantage for customers. Once a manufacturer has achieved certification, they receive the LEVEL certification mark, which can be used to promote their certification to the marketplace. This mark is an invaluable marketing tool that reassures buyers of a company’s credibility while serving as a key differentiator. LEVEL-certified products can also contribute to LEED credits through LEED Pilot Credit 80.
As an accredited certification body for the BIFMA LEVEL certification, we help business and institutional furniture manufacturers build trust in the marketplace. LEVEL certification is a voluntary standard that establishes measurable criteria for multiple levels of achievement and performance at different stages of their sustainability journey. Manufacturers that achieve LEVEL certification demonstrate to the marketplace that their products, manufacturing facilities, and company policies have met stringent third-party sustainability requirements.
Levels of BIFA certification
LEVEL certification applicants can pursue credits in three categories: Environmental Impacts, Health and Wellness Impacts, and Social Impacts. Each category features prerequisites as well as credits related to products, manufacturing facilities, and the organization as a whole. Based on the points accumulated, manufacturers can earn one of three possible levels of certification:
Silver-32 to 48 total points; at least 5 of which are product-related points
Gold-49 to 68 total points; at least 16 of which are product-related points
Platinum-69 to 111 total points; at least 26 of which are product-related points