The Australasian Furnishing Research & Development Institute (AFRDI) is an independent not -for- profit technical organisation providing standards, testing product certification and research for buyers and sellers of furniture.

The purpose of testing and certification is to ensure that products are not only safe, but that they will last, thus contributing to sustainability and minimising use of the earth’s resources.

Commercial products tested by AFRDI include:

  • Height adjustable swivel chairs
  • Visitors’ Chairs
  • Desks and workstations
  • Monitor arms
  • Table bases
  • Filing cabinets &
  • Storage furniture

AFRDI approved office chairs are tested to the Australian New Zealand standard. This is based on European standards and in some ways is even tougher – chairs that comply with AS/NZS 4438 are ergonomically sound, tough, durable and safe.The suppliers of the certified chairs have formally agreed to maintain quality and to submit their products to regular auditing.

Chair AFRDI certified levels:

AFRDI level 4: Certified office chairs are suitable for office general keyboard and executive use.

AFRDI level 5: Certified office chairs are suitable for heavy duty office industrial and similar application.

AFRDI level 6: Certified office chair will meet most commercial needs. Level 6 essentially signifies that a chair should be able to withstand extremely severe conditions of use, such as police stations, military installations, control rooms and use in heavy industry.

Understanding the certification helps to make the right decision when purchasing new office chairs.

The Blue Tick means that It’s Independently verified.

The AFRDI Blue Tick logo is a registered certification mark. Not only do the chairs have to comply with the standard, the supplier must agree to have their brochures and production checked on an on-going basis. Further information is available from Furntech or (03) 6326 6155.