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The Furniture Industry Research Association

November 6th 2008

FIRA The Furniture Industry Research Association based in Stevenage offers a variety of services to the office furniture industry. This includes a comprehensive testing facility of office furniture and office chairs. FIRA is considered to be the leading authority on furniture performance and flammability testing and have been developing their furniture testing systems since 1949. BS4875 is probably the most common standard that applies to office furniture for structural compliance and BS14073 for safety. Furniture testing is overseen by UKAS the UK Accreditation Service which provides a guarantee that all tests are carried out in accordance to their stringent standards. Additional schemes from FIRA include the Gold Award; this is a mark of excellence and is for office furniture that exceeds their normal standards. There is also the Ergonomics excellence award for office furniture and office chairs that exceed the normal standards of ergonomic use. The FIRA innovation award is given to office furniture and other furniture companies who have set themselves apart with products that a new to the marketplace and set new goals. FIRA accreditation and the addition credentials provided provide a useful tool for buyers who are concerned when purchasing office furniture on quality and value criteria

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