EN 527

These standards determine dimensions, safety, stability, strength and durability of office work tables and desks:

EN 527-1:2011 Office furniture – Work tables and desks – Part 1: Dimensions
This European Standard specifies dimensions of work tables and desks for office tasks to be undertaken in a seated, a sit stand or standing position. It includes neither dimensions for storage unit nor those for other tables in the office area or reception desks.

EN 527-2:2016 Office furniture – Work tables – Part 2: Safety, strength and durability requirements
This European Standard specifies safety, strength and durability requirements on work tables. It does not apply to other tables in the office area for which EN standard exists (EN 15372). Annex A (informative) contains a test for deflection of tables tops.

EN 527-3:2003 Office furniture – Work tables and desks – Part 3: Methods of test for the determination of the stability and the mechanical strength of the structure
This standard will be withdrawn.

ISO 21016:2007 Office furniture — Tables and desks — Test methods for the determination of stability, strength and durability
ISO 21016:2007 specifies test methods for the determination of the stability, the strength and the durability of all types of office tables designed for use in the seated and/or standing position, e.g. work tables, height-adjustable tables, meeting tables and desks. It applies to tables that are fully assembled and ready for use.
The tests consist of the application, to various parts of the unit, of loads, forces and velocities simulating normal functional use, as well as misuse, that can reasonably be expected to occur.
With the exception of the deflection of table tops, the tests are designed to evaluate properties without regard to materials, design/construction or manufacturing processes.
ISO 21016:2007 does not specify requirements. These should be specified in a requirements document. If this is not available, suggested forces and cycles are included in ISO 21016:2007.
ISO 21016:2007 does not include an assessment of ageing or degradation.

Work tables and desks also electrically driven adjustible tables can be tested according to theese standards.

Types of furniture testing