AFRDI Certified

What does AFRDI Certification mean?

The attainment of AFRDI Certification from the Australiasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute (AFRDI), means that that model of chair has successfully completed an exhaustive testing regime and has met every standard set.

As a professional body which focuses on nothing else, AFRDI is the premier certification body for chair quality in Australia.

AFRDI LogoThe Blue Tick

The Blue Tick Certification Scheme certifies products which meet certain standards to AFDRI’s satisfaction.

The assessment of the products is based on the results of performance, function and safety tests, coupled with an evaluation of the quality and finish of a representative sample of product provided by the supplier.

AS.NZS 4438 (Levels 4, 5 and 6)

Most certified office swivel chairs in Australia and NZ are tested to the requirements of AS/NZS 4438:1997 - Height adjustable swivel chairs. This standard is regarded as appropriate for people up to about 110 kg.

An AFRDI Level 6 certified office chair will meet most commercial needs. Level 6 chairs should be able to withstand extremely severe conditions of use, such as police stations, military installations, control rooms and use in heavy industry.

AFRDI Level 5 certified office chairs are suitable for heavy duty office, industrial and similar application.

AFRDI Level 4 certified office chairs are suitable for office, general keyboard and executive use.

AFRDI logoAFRDI 142 - Rated Load

This standard is designed to cater for chairs intended to be used by people heavier than 110 kg.

It is available in the following options:

135 SSPeople up to and including 135 kg for single 8 hr shift operations. (approx 40 hrs use per week).
135 MSPeople up to and including 135 kg for multiple shift operations. (significantly greater than 40 hrs use per week).
160 SSPeople up to and including 160 kg for single 8 hr shift operations. (approx 40 hrs use per week).
160 MSPeople up to and including 160 kg for multiple shift operations. (significantly greater than 40 hrs use per week).

The Rated Load standard (AFRDI 142) does not include dimensional/ergonomic criteria.

All Rates Load options apply equal or greater loads and cycles than AFRDI Level 6.

AFRDI logoAFRDI Green Tick

Sustainability is a broad concept, but in the context of furniture manufacturing it includes the ethical sourcing of raw materials, responsible use of water and energy, waste minimisation and, through better furniture design, the efficient use of raw materials - by extending a product's working life and its recyclability.

To be awarded AFRDI Green Tick Certification a product must be shown to meet the requirements of AFRDI Standard 150:2012 Sustainability Standard - Commercial Furniture at either the Silver, Gold, or Platinum Level.

AFRDI Green Tick is a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) recognised product certification scheme. AFRDI Green Tick certification corresponds with furniture and assemblies Material Calculators and Fitout Calculators in Green Star rating tools (Chairs, Tables, Workstations, Storage, Joinery and Loose Furniture). AFRDI 150's three levels of certification are recognised by the GBCA as follows:

AFRDI Green Tick Level C/Silver - GBCA Level B recognition;
AFRDI Green Tick Level B/Gold - GBCA Level A recognition; and
AFRDI Green Tick Level A/Platinum - GBCA Level A recognition.


Information above is provided courtesy of

Furntech - Australasian Furnishing Research & Development Institute (AFRDI).