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New Standards in China for Furniture

05-24-2012 08:08 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: SGS Consumer Testing Services

SGS tests the compliance of furniture according to the furniture GB standards.

SGS tests the compliance of furniture according to the furniture GB standards.

The bodies responsible for standards in the People’s Republic of China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and Standardization Administration (SAC) cooperate on international standards committees as well as defining their own national standards that apply to products on the Chinese market and are numbered with the prefix GB, from the Chinese word for standard.

GB 28010-2011 specification for hongmu furniture
Hongmu furniture must for the first time have a “Product Quality Card” attached in a special format. The manufacturer provides details on the card of the testing standards applied, a classification of product workmanship, the level of product quality and the expected uses of the product and its main materials. Should a customer later discover the product does not conform to the label’s information, the label provides evidence when claiming.

GB 28007-2011 specification for children's furniture
This standard applies to all furniture products for children aged 3 to 14 and includes a specification of the scope, terms, general requirements, safety requirements, testing requirements, testing methods (http://www.sgs.com/en/Consumer-Goods-Retail/Hardgoods/Home-Furnishings-and-Houseware/Testing.aspx), definitions, labels, warning signs and instructions. The standard covers furniture made from all kinds of material: wood, metals, plastics and upholstered material. Although some specifications are voluntary, the safety requirements and warning signs are mandatory.

GB 28008-2011 specification for glass furniture
This standard defines the terms, definitions, classification labeling, instructions, packaging, testing methods, testing standards, requirements, storage and transportation of glass furniture. Again, some specifications are voluntary, while the requirements for safety, restricted substances, performance and dimensions for glass furniture are mandatory.

Impact on manufacturers and their supply chains
The Chinese requirements for furniture define new technical criteria for production and the supply chain that help standardize the design and manufacture of furniture, thereby improving the quality of products sold on the Chinese market.

The three Chinese furniture standards set out above come into force on August 1, 2012.

About SGS Furniture Testing Services
SGS is accredited by the Chinese standards authorities to test the compliance of your furniture to all Chinese GB and international standards. When it comes to providing specialist expertise to the global furniture market, SGS leads the way. With laboratories in Asia, Europe and USA, SGS can test all kinds of furniture to the applicable standards and regulations everywhere in the world. Find out more about the full range of SGS Furniture Services (http://www.sgs.com/en/Consumer-Goods-Retail/Hardgoods/Home-Furnishings-and-Houseware.aspx).

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 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.

For further information about SGS furniture testing, please contact:

Contact details:

SGS Consumer Testing Services
Bill Wang
Technical Supervisor, Hardlines
SGS – China
SGS Shunde Furniture Lab.
1st Floor, Building 1 of European Industrial Park, No.1 Shunhenan Road, Wusha Section, Daliang Town, Shunde of Foshan,
Guangdong Province, China 528333

t +86 757 2280 5716
Email: cts.media@sgs.com
Website: http://www.sgs.com/pages/consumer-testing/sgs-consumer-goods-and-retail.aspx

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