SGS India Hosts Seminar on EU and US Furniture Standards to Promote New Furniture Capabilities

Top Quote SGS India hosted its first furniture seminar since opening in December 2016 to promote new furniture capabilities. Delegates looked at several topics, including the main furniture standards and regulations in the US and Europe. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 06, 2017 - On April 12, SGS India hosted its first furniture seminar since opening in December 2016 to promote new furniture capabilities. Attracting delegates from Moradabad, a five-hour car journey from Gurgaon, the event principally focused on the main regulations and standards affecting furniture exports to the US and EU.

    During the seminar, delegates were given an in-depth understand of the standards their products must comply with, along with a look at statistical data for both US and European market recalls. The presentation also explained to attendees how the European Standardization Committee (CEN) works, and gave them some understanding of how standards are written. In addition, delegates were also given an overview of recent changes to the BIFMA x5.1:2017 standard for the US.

    Currently 47% of India's furniture exports are bound for UK and US markets and so it is vital for manufacturers to fully understand the complexities of these standards in order to be assured they are supplying compliant products to their target markets.

    Opened on December 15, 2016, SGS's new laboratory in Manesar provides testing services against several US and EU standards, including:
    Mechanical and physical requirements:
    - ANSI BIFMA X5.1, X5.4, X5.5, X5.9, ASTM F2057, etc. for the US market
    - EN 12520, EN 581, EN 14749, etc. for the EU market

    Flammability (upholstery furniture and textile parts):
    - CTB 117:2013 for the US market
    - EN 1021, ISO 8191, BS 5852 for the EU market

    Chemicals:
    - Formaldehyde (wood), PCP, cadmium (plastics), azo dyes (textile) for the EU market

    SGS Furniture Services
    SGS adds value from the drawing board to the shop floor. With a full-range of services, including product design analysis, component and product testing, auditing, inspection and retail store checks, SGS helps businesses deliver well-designed, functional, durable and safe products to their customers. They have the furniture industry, regulatory and technical expertise required to check a products' compliance against relevant standards and/or a manufacturer's own specifications. Learn more about SGS's Furniture Services. (www.sgs.com/en/consumer-goods-retail/hardgoods/home-furnishings-and-houseware)

    For more information contact:
    Priscille Galceran
    Global Furniture Expert
    Email: cts.media ( @ ) sgs dot com
    Website: www.sgs.com/furniture

    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.

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