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SGS has extended its global furniture fire testing capabilities with acquisition earlier this year of Govmark Fire Laboratories in Farmingdale, New York. The inclusion of this specialist fire-resistance and ‘reaction-to-fire’ testing company into its network of testing facilities, enhances SGS’s capabilities with regards to furniture testing, making it the one-stop solution for all safety and compliance testing requirements.

Govmark has been in operation since 1971. It performs flammability tests on a wide range of products, including furniture and furnishings. With its acquisition, on September 1, 2017, Govmark joins SGS’s other furniture flammability testing centers in India and England, and Anji and Shunde, in China.

Govmark offers testing against a number of US and UK furniture standards, including:

United States

  • Upholstery:
    • California Technical Bulletin 117-2000
    • California Technical Bulletin 117-2013
    • Cover materials by ignition source
    • Cover material by occupancy category
  • Mattresses, mattress pads, & mattress components:
    • Mandatory federal Standard (CFR 1632 & 1633)
    • ASTM E 1590
    • Boston Fire Department IX-11
    • California Technical Bulletin 121
    • California Technical Bulletin 129
    • California Technical Bulletin 603, replaced by 16 CFR 1633
    • NFPA 267
    • CFR 1632
    • CFR 1633
    • CFR 1632 (Ticking)
    • ASTM D 7140 (Fire Barrier)
    • CFR 1632 (Mattress Pads)
    • California Technical Bulletin 604
    • Michigan Roll Up Test
    • ASTM F 1085, Annex A3

United Kingdom

  • Mattresses:
    • BS 7177
  • Upholstery:
    • BS 5852
    • BS 7176

Furthermore, Govmark also provides fire testing services for upholstered furniture that is used in public buildings.

SGS has also announced it has become a member of the American Home Furniture Alliance (AHFA). AHFA represents companies of all sizes, both public and private, domestic and international. Its members operate global supply chains, with facilities in 31 states and three foreign countries. In total, its members manage more than $11 billion in wholesale shipments of home furnishings products for the US market.

SGS operates a global network of furniture testing facilities, including flammability testing units in India, China, the UK and USA. They provide a range of services to help economic operators comply with domestic and international safety standards. The acquisition of Govmark, allows SGS to expand these capabilities, making it the one-stop solution for all furniture testing requirements.

SGS Furniture Services

In addition to our network of furniture fire testing facilities, our technical experts help companies understand the physical properties of their materials and finished products.

Our expertise helps businesses deliver products that comply with national and international standards, including the stringent requirements relating to contract upholstery – such as abrasion tests, rubbing test, UV color resistance.

Learn more about SGS’s Furniture Services.

To learn more:

Priscille Galceran

Global Furniture Expert
SGS CTS (France)



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 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.