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

Use of Furntech-AFRDI Trademarks

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.

 While most of the work centres on establishing standards for industry, it is likely that in future the organisation will develop more consumer-focused standards, such as its new program to identify leather from other materials which may have similar appearance.

Commercial products tested by Furntech include:

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

Domestic products tested include:

  • Household cots and bunks
  • Visitors' and dining chairs
  • Storage furniture
  • Table bases
  • Recliner chairs and
  • Plastic monobloc chairs