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Furniture Testing News

Government of Canada released Letter of Interest (LOI) for its new procurement policy on office furniture excluding seating and High density storage including information on what will be its furniture testing . PWGSC wants to include in the same Consolidated Procurement Instrument (CPI) panel systems, Freestanding furniture and storage cabinets. The standards used in the CPI will be BIFMA X5.5, BIFMA X5.6, BIFMA X5.9, CAN/CGSB 44.227 and CAN/CGSB 44.229.

This LOI describes en Industry engagement process they want to follow with the furniture industry as well as how they want to articulate their procurement policies for office furniture. There will be one-on-one meetings organized where the industry can meet individually with PWGSC representatives to express their issues and ask questions.

Micom will definitively meet with PWGSC to review their technical requirements.

To consult the LOI; please follow the link below. Tender Notice

Meeting with PWGSC:

For the record; Micom ended up meeting with the PWGSC representatives in Gatineau.  Our overall impression was that the technical people were opened to our observations and comments.  The discussion was overall very cordial and we got the clear impression that the participants understood well the issues we raised. It remains to be seen what management will do with our recommendations…


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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