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Join our experts to learn about BIFMA x5.1 2017. Find out what’s new in the 2017 version and the impacts they may have on products and production.


30 Nov 2017, 07:30


30 Nov 2017, 16:00



The objective of this webinar (20 -minute presentation/10-minute Q&A, 2 sessions) is to introduce you to the 2017 version of BIFMA X5.1, and gather your feedback on your experiences of using the standard since its introduction earlier this year.

Your input will enable us to share feedback with BIFMA on the standard’s implementation and operation, helping to inform future updates and the process followed by BIFMA.


  • Differences between BIFMA x5.1 2011 and 2017
  • What impact does the new version have on products?
  • Q&A

Since 1974, when the first office furniture standard was published by BIFMA, it has undergone several revisions. The most recent, BIFMA X5.1 2017, comes after years of work by the subcommittee group to process updates to the standard in response to the fact that the weight of the US population has continued to increase.

For this latest revision, current anthropometric data shows that the 95th percentile male user now weighs close to 275 lbs. Therefore, 275 lbs is being used as the basis for some of the changes within this version of the standard.

But what is the impact of these modifications on your products? SGS would like to present you an experience feedback to support you on your development or purchase of Office Chair according to the new version of the standard.

As BIFMA is a global service, we are offering two sessions, one in Asia in Chinese with a native Chinese speaker and a second in the US with a native English speaking presenter.


Hary Nie – Furniture Technical Support – Shunde, China – Chinese speaker

With a Bachelor degree from ShaoYang University, majoring in mechanical design, Hary is a SGS Senior Technical consultant, with more than 10 years experience in product compliance in the furniture industry. Hary has a sound knowledge for physical and flammability standards, regulations.

Matthew McGarrity – Hardline Furniture Technical – Fairfield, USA – English Speaker

Matt’s expertise is in hardgoods product categories including furniture, sporting goods, DIY, cleaning products, among other general hardgoods. He specializes in regulatory, industry requirements, and quality testing. In addition, Matt designs and manages National Brand Equivalency (NBE) and benchmark testing programs. Prior to joining SGS, Matt obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Energy, Business, and Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.

Target Audience

This webinar is aimed at:

  • Technologists and compliance personnel for mechanical furniture
  • Furniture designers
  • Suppliers, professionals and others who wish to be educated on the topic

Language: Chinese/English
Cost: No Charge

Register now!

Register for the session 1 (Thursday 30 November 2017) >

Language: Chinese

9:30, Europe Time (Paris, GMT+01:00)
16:30, China Time (Beijing, GMT+08:00)

Register for the session 2 (Thursday 30 November 2017) >

Language: English

17:00, Europe Time (Paris, GMT+01:00)
11:00, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Pionchon
Global Marketing Manager
t: +33 4 42 61 64 46