Standards – AFRDI, Greenguard, BIFMA


The Australian Furnishing Research and Development Institute is an independent technical organisation which provide standards, testing product certification and research for both buyers and sellers of furniture.

The AFRDI standards test for strength, stability, safety, flammability, durability and ergonomic assessment.

Most certified office swivel chairs in Australia and New Zealand are tested to the requirements of AS/NZS 4438:1997 – Height Adjustable Swivel Chairs. This standard for a chair is recognised as being suitable for users up to approximately 110kg. Each of our chairs will have an individual weight rating here necessary on the relevant product specification sheet.

Chairs accredited with an AFRDI Level 6 logo will suit most commercial needs. AFRDI Level 6 certified chairs are able to withstand heavy-duty use.


The GREENGUARD program certifies that products designed for indoor use meet strict chemical emissions limits, ensuring the creation of healthier office interiors.

GREENGUARD Certification on a product ensures the manufacturing process has attained specific sustainable practices, using scientific data from unbiased, third-party organisations. All products meeting the GREENGUARD Certification have been tested in dynamic, environmental chambers following a range of different test methods such as chemical and particle emission interval measurements, microbial resistance testing and measured emission levels by air concentration.

BIFMA is the Association for Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s, an American-based organisation running since 1973 to provide standards for commercial furniture.

BIFMA is accredited by, and their standards conforming to, requirements by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The BIFMA Engineering Committee develops the standards and continually drafts and revises new protocols for manufacturers to follow. The BIFMA standards are to provide manufacturers and users with a common basis for evaluating safety, durability, stability and structural quality of specified furniture.