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FEMB level

The European Office Furniture Federation’s Sustainability Certification Programme
Henning M. Bloech, EU Directorphone icon+49 171.210.0080 Email
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The FEMB “level” certification programme follows the experience gained by BIFMA in North America and proceeds along a similar path to provide a voluntary certification scheme for office furniture manufacturers. FEMB level is a pan-European certification scheme designed to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment.

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Program Details

Eligible Product

Products eligible for FEMB level® certification include all office and non-domestic indoor furniture products.

Certification Criteria

Qualification for level® certification under the FEMB Furniture Sustainability Requirements includes conformance to criteria under four specific categories.

  • Materials
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Human and Ecosystem Health
  • Social Responsibility

Points earned under each of these categories determine the level of certification earned:

  • level 1. The first tier of certified performance
  • level 2. Additional milestones of performance achieved
  • level 3. The highest level of performance recognized

Certification to FEMB level® attests that the product, the manufacturing facility, and the company responsible for the product brand, have been evaluated by an accredited third-party certification body against the multi-attribute criteria of the FEMB Sustainability requirements for office and non-domestic furniture for indoor use.

Complementary SCS Services

Bundle multiple services and save! SCS offers many complementary services for even more cost-effective service and reduced audit fatigue. Other certifications that support FEMB level include the following:

  1. Scope
    • SCS scopes the project and prepares a proposal.
    • Client agrees to scope and signs a work order.
    • An SCS account manager is assigned to guide client through the certification process.
  2. Data Collection
    • Client completes Data Request Form, identifying credits to be pursued and submits to auditor along with supporting documentation.
    • Once sufficient data is collected, an onsite audit is scheduled.
  3. Onsite Audit
    • The SCS auditor conducts an onsite audit.
    • Onsite audit time will be determined based upon the level of certification (i.e. level 1, 2, or 3) and the total number of points requested.
  4. Corrective Actions
    • Client responds to any non-conformities or new information requests.
  5. Reporting
    • The SCS auditor prepares a draft Assessment Report that details the findings of the audit, including nonconformities, and opportunities for improvement.
  6. Certification Decision
    • An SCS reviewer conducts a final review of the draft Assessment Report and makes the certification decision.
    • Upon successful certification, client is listed in SCS Green Products Guide, the website, and is granted the right to use the approved level® logo.
  7. Certification Maintenance
    • The certification period is 3 years.
    • A surveillance audit of a sampling of credits and an onsite audit is required in the middle of the certification period (18 months/ 1.5 years)
    • A full scale renewal occurs every 3 years.
  • Provides a comprehensive review of your sustainability program
  • Establishes a consistent metric for easy comparability
  • Guides organizations on a path towards continuous improvement
  • Facilitates trade across borders and standardizes criteria for furniture sustainability

For immediate service:

Henning M. Bloech, EU Director phone icon +49 171.210.0080 Email Henning