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Office and Contract Technical Forum

The Furniture Industry Research Association has announced plans to host an Office & Contract Furniture Technical Forum on Thursday April 2nd. The event, which is free, is open to all from across the furniture industry.

The event takes place at FIRA International’s UKAS-accredited facilities in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Starting at 09:30 and closing at 14:30, the event also includes a networking lunch.

Speaking on the event, Phil Reynolds, Chief Operating Officer of the Furniture Industry Research Association said, “Over recent months we’ve seen quite a lot of movement with standards across the contract and office sector. As a result we’re sensing some confusion within the industry, especially relating to the new version of BS EN 1335-1:2000 and also the Machinery Directive in terms of motorised office furniture.

“In addition there is a new standard on the horizon relating to electrical systems, so we want to share as much knowledge as we can on developments to support delegates on how this may impact their products.

“I would encourage those from across the contract and office sector to attend the forum and gain knowledge which will support them in the future. We’ll also have the new test dummy for BS EN 1335-1:2000 at the forum so it’s a great opportunity for delegates to see this in action.”

The wider agenda for the forum includes:

  • An introduction to the new version of the dimensional standard for Office work chairs, BS EN 1335-1:2000 Office furniture. Office work chair. Dimensions. Determination of dimensions, including a demonstration of the new CMD (chair measurement device), an explanation of the new chair measurement method and how it could affect your products.
  • An update on the Machinery Directive including how it affects motorised furniture, and the work to develop harmonised standards for these products.
  • A full update on standard development, including a revision of BS 6396:2008+A1:2015. Electrical systems in office furniture and educational furniture. Specification for cable management systems and changes to office storage standards.
  • An introduction to FIRA’s recently published Remanufacturing Standard.

Early booking is advised for the free event. Delegate spaces can be secured direct through, or by contacting Phil Reynolds, Chief Operating Officer of the Furniture Industry Research Association, via

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