The services provided by SEFA are determined by the members. Every member has a strong voice in the association. SEFA is governed by a membership-elected Board of Directors and a variety of task-oriented committees. The organization provides responsiveness and immediacy in dealing with industry issues.
SEFA holds two meetings each year, the Annual Meeting in the Spring and a Fall Conference. The Fall Conference features an educational Summit or Symposium which is sometimes open to non-members. Please e-mail us if you are interested in attending as a non-member.
These meetings provide an opportunity for the Association's working committees to share their recommendations with the membership at large. The committees also get additional membership guidance for ongoing work at these meetings. SEFA holds summits during these meetings and conferences to focus on key industry issues.
In addition to providing a unique network for member communications, the meetings also bring the insights of important guest speakers. In recent meetings, SEFA members have shared thoughts with:
a scientist who manages an environmental and biotechnology research laboratory
the chairman of the leading association of business economists in the country
a panel of architects who work regularly with our industry
a lab president and industrial hygienist who is a nationally known fume hood expert
the director of purchasing for a major laboratory system
lab safety specialists for Harvard and MIT
well-known attorneys specializing in contracts and industry-sensitive issues
SEFA has three membership classes -- Executive, Associate and Sustaining Members.
SEFA's Executive Membership is comprised of manufacturers and fabricators of laboratory furniture, equipment and fixtures. The annual fee for Executive Membership is $4774.00, if the company's revenues are more than $15 million or $2513.00 annually if the company's revenues are less than $15 million.
The Associate Membership class is comprised of architects, laboratory planners, designers, general contractors and engineering firms. The fee for the Associate Members is $880.00 annually.
Sustaining Membership is a newly created branch of membership (spring 2007) open to laboratory furniture dealers and installers. The annual fee for Sustaining Members is $3770.00 if their company revenues exceed $15 million. For applicants with revenues less than $15 million, the annual fee would be $1885.00.
All applications must be accompanied by three (3) letters of reference from the following sources:
(1) A SEFA member; (2) A Supplier; and (3) An Architect/Owner or Lab Planner.
If you are interested in applying for membership click on the appropriate link below. You have the option of completing the application process online or you may opt to download the .pdf form for submission to the SEFA offices by mail or facsimile. Please note that the Executive Membership Application requires disclosure of certain information which you, the applicant, may consider to be classified or confidential in nature. This information will be used by SEFA staff and the Board of Directors, solely for the purpose of determining eligibility for membership and will be held in the strictest of confidence.
SEFA SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP (pdf download)
Note: North American figures include executive and associate members. Total membership is the sum of North American and International Members.