Möbelfakta is a reference and labeling system for furniture. Möbelfakta is run by Möbelfakta Sverige AB, a non-profit company owned by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and The Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry, TMF.
Möbelfakta works as a tool for producers, buyers, designers, architects and others who use or work with furniture.
In Möbelfakta's database, you will find furniture and furniture series that meet Möbelfakta's requirements in quality, environment and social responsibility. The database is open and freely accessible for anyone to search.
The purpose of Möbelfakta is to reduce transaction costs for all the various players in the industry. Requirements go hand in hand with requirements set by the Procurement Authority, Sweden's Municipalities and Regions and SKL Kommentus Inköpscentral (SKI).
Möbelfakta is a unique sustainability label for furniture that takes into account both quality, environment and social responsibility. It is a general reference system open to all. Möbelfakta Sverige AB is owned by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute and The Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry, TMF. IVL is the majority owner and guarantees Möbelfakta's independence as a labeling system. A good description of Möbelfakta can be found in this brochure.
The Public Procurement Act (LOU) gives purchasers in Europe the opportunity to use labels as evidence to ensure that a product meets the requirements set. Möbelfakta meets all the conditions set for using the label, see requirements at The National Agency for Public Procurement (Upphandlingsmyndigheten).
To declare furniture with Möbelfakta, the company needs an approved declarant. The declarant starts by attending the declaration training and can then start declaring products. The first product to be declared will not be approved until an on-site audit of the company has been performed.
Step 1 - Declarant course
Step 2 - Declaration
Step 3 - Review and issuance of certificates
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The declaration of a piece of furniture is based on requirements within quality, environment and social responsibility. The required documentation is described in the requirements specification.
A few examples are:
• In quality e.g. test reports from an accredited laboratory
• In environment, e.g. subcontractor certificate
• For the part of social responsibility, the company must for example have mapped and made risk assessments in the supply chain.
First you should contact a testing laboratory. There you get help with how the test should be done. List of accredited testing laboratoriesis found here.
All approved products are published on www.mobelfakta.se. You can search by name, producer or declaration number. You get a picture of the product and can see the validity period of the label.
Requirements and verification methods are science-based and are developed in an open and broad stakeholder dialogue with our network and a criteria council with buyers, manufacturers, researchers, academia, architects and technical experts.
Transparent and accessible
Everyone has access to the requirements and verification methods free of charge at www.mobelfakta.se
Challenging requirements that are updated regularly
Möbelfakta's requirements are developed through the influence of both authorities, academia, the regulatory body and the furniture industry. Requirements and verification methods are continuously developed to meet new sustainability challenges and technology development.
Requirements that can be verified by an independent party
It is possible to verify that the requirements are met. All verification is handled by an independent third party auditor. The third party auditor validates his work to deliver repeatable results.
Free from undue influence
The labeling is independent of brand owners and buyers. Möbelfakta Sverige AB has IVL Swedish Environmental Institute as the majority owner and is impartial during the verification process. Möbelfakta uses a third-party auditor for audits at companies.
Möbelfakta is a general reference system open to everyone.
Read more about how Möbelfakta meets the requirements for use as a type 1 eco-label according to ISO 14024.
Möbelfakta is a complete reference and labeling system for furniture, which includes technical, environmental and production ethical requirements.
Möbelfakta works as a tool for producers, buyers, designers, architects and others who use or work with furniture.
Möbelfakta's purpose is to reduce transaction costs for all market players. Möbelfakta works to establish harmonized requirements that ensure sustainable development, both nationally and internationally.
A piece of furniture that lives up to Möbelfakta's three parts meets the market's requirements for the environment, is manufactured in accordance with ethical guidelines and complies with current requirements specifications in terms of quality.
Möbelfakta also provide many benefits for the players in the furniture market by conveying both security and safety for the customer. The label can advantageously be used as a guide for different types of procurement.
Ecolabel in public procurement
Today, the Public Procurement Act gives procurers the opportunity to use ecolabels as evidence to ensure that a product meets the requirements set. This provides great opportunities for purchasers to do sustainable business, but it also means that the ecolabel must meet a number of conditions in order to be used. A type 1 ecolabel according to ISO 14024 meets the basic requirements for use in public procurement.
Möbelfakta meets the requirements for a type 1 eco-label, which means that it can be used in public procurement. Products that are approved by Möbelfakta thus meet environmental requirements that are established by an independent third party and that are developed from a life cycle perspective.
Use Möbelfakta as a type 1 ecolabel
Download information about procurement rules and regulations for the use of Möbelfakta as a type 1 label in Norway. (Norwegian)
Use the ecolabel correctly!
Keep in mind that Möbelfakta can only be used for the furniture categories and user environments that are covered by the requirement criteria. Check that the furniture referred to in the procurement is stated in Möbelfakta's requirements specification, see möbelfakta's requirements here.
More about public procurement
Some things have happened since Möbelfakta was created in 1972. Möbelfakta is a reference and labeling system for the Swedish furniture industry, which was introduced at the Furniture Institute in 1972. The focus was on testing furniture and was an attempt to create a declaration system for properties such as strength,
the durability of the surfaces as well as material quality and accuracy in design. The requirements for the functional dimensions of the furniture were based, among other things, on ergonomic studies, but were gradually expanded to areas such as safety.
Möbelfakta's first version contained the following layout;
● Requirements specification / declaration instructions - technical basis for tests.
● Test report - provided detailed information about a furniture's different delegations.
● Möbelfakta statement - information about the quality of the furniture with a rating of usability, durability and well-being in three levels.
● Reference mark - showed that the furniture was tested and met the basic requirements. The seller could prove it with the test report.
Småland's Gemla was the first to join Möbelfakta, but in 1973 another 52 companies followed - including IKEA. The number was then gradually increased and at most just over 300 companies were allowed to use the Möbelfakta system.
Möbelfakta also gained momentum when it came to testing reports. Already one year after the start, there were 600 test reports / year, and the number then varied between 400 and 900 pieces / year with a temporary peak of 1,400 tests in the early 1980s. The test assignments were often preceded by a review of the client's entire range. Consultations were also held on possible product improvements.
The Swedish Furniture Industry Association (now The Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry, TMF) bought the old Möbelfakta system in 1995 and began development work, together with an industry working group and the Swedish Testing and Research Institute in Borås. In February 1997, the new version of Möbelfakta (version two) was launched, adapted to new EU standards and testing methods. The focus was still on a furniture's technical requirements (such as safety and strength), but one of the most important elements of Möbelfakta in 1997 was that it was supplemented with an environmental declaration, where companies were given the opportunity and support with the development of environmentally friendly products.
Since 2002, Möbelfakta has been owned and managed by TMF. Since then, Möbelfakta has also formed the basis for the furniture industry's product development for safe and purposeful furniture, even though the declaration marking does not currently take place.
In 2010, an updated, third version of the reference and labeling system will be launched on the market - new Möbelfakta.
Möbelfakta for procurers
This text is for you who purchase furniture. Here you can download 'Möbelfakta's procurement guide for furniture' and 'Möbelfakta's Requirements Specification' which can be used in connection with procurement of furniture.
Möbelfakta is a complete system that provides security for you as a purchaser and that helps you create good conditions for sustainable and profitable business. With Möbelfakta, you can easily set well-thought-out requirements. Requirements that guarantee that the furniture achieves the functional and safety level you need, that the production is environmentally friendly at all levels, and that ethical considerations are taken into account during production.
In 'Möbelfakta's procurement guide for furniture', you will learn more about how you can use Möbelfakta to make efficient procurements of furniture. The guide goes through what is important to think about in connection with the procurement, and briefly presents the three requirement areas Quality, Environment and Social Responsibility.
The document 'Möbelfakta's Requirements Specification' lists all Möbelfakta's requirements. The document can be sent out as part of the tender documents for procurement when you want to use Möbelfakta.
Möbelfakta's 'Form for verification' is appropriately attached as a cover page to the requirements specification in connection with procurement.
How to use Möbelfakta's requirements?
When you want to use Möbelfakta's requirements in your procurement, this must be clearly stated in the tender documents.
We suggest the following wording:
Offered furniture must meet Möbelfakta's requirements regarding Quality, Environment and Social Responsibility in accordance with Appendix X. *
* Appendix X refers to Möbelfakta's requirements specification for procurement of furniture.
Use the requirements correctly!
Keep in mind that Möbelfakta can only be used for the furniture categories and user environments that are covered by the requirement criteria. Check that the furniture you intend to procure is specified in Möbelfakta's requirements specification for procurement.
Mer om upphandling
Möbelfakta is a reference and labeling system for furniture. Möbelfakta AB is a non-profit company and is owned by IVL Swedish Environmental Institute and Trä- och Möbelföretagen, TMF.
The terms can be downloaded, in full, via the file on the right.