Certificates and standards

Vitra has stringent demands when it comes to the longevity of its products. To achieve these, we carry out extensive tests that simulate 15 years of use.

The products are also certified by independent institutes. There are many national and international labels focussing on such topics as health, safety or environmental impact as well as those with a global approach to some or all of these issues.
Vitra decides which norms and certifications are relevant for each individual product in regard to its applications and usage.
GS seal (Tested Safety)
The European GS seal is issued to products that fulfil product safety regulations based on national and international norms as well as current technical standards. It ascertains that a product will not cause any damage while being used and assesses whether its components pose any health hazards. Vitra tests all products according to the GS criteria except for accessories.
BIFMA is the North American equivalent of the European GS seal and guarantees the safety, durability and sustainability of furnishings at very high levels.
An EPD – environmental product declaration – is a report based on a life cycle assessment (LCA). It is used to communicate information about a product’s potential impact on the environment and human health, indicating what a product is made of and how it affects the environment throughout its life cycle, from raw material extraction to disposal. Vitra produces EPDs for its most important products.
The internationally recognised label GREENGUARD was developed in 2001 by the 'GREENGUARD Environmental Institute'. Its aim is to protect human health and quality of life by reducing exposure to pollutants and improving indoor air conditions. GREENGUARD Gold-certified products can contribute to the environmental certification of buildings. Vitra’s most important products are certified according to the GREENGUARD Gold standards.
The European chemicals regulation REACH promotes environmental protection. In support of these goals, Vitra sources its materials almost exclusively in Europe and subjects itself to testing by external institutes.

RoHS stands for the 'Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment' and aims to protect human health and the environment through the avoidance of certain substances.

The California regulation TSCA Title VI focuses on restricting the potentially hazardous gas formaldehyde in products that are purchased in California.