Protective equipment for sports and leisure

Protective equipment for sports must protect different parts of the body from abrasions, cuts, impacts and fractures. In addition to good performance and longevity in normal use, it is important that the protector is correctly positioned during use and in the event of an accident.

Protective equipment must be designed so as not to present any unnecessary risks. This means that rivets, other fastening devices, edges, ventilation openings etc. must not be potential sources of injury. In order for the protector to be comfortable to wear an ergonomic fit and a low weight is important, especially for long term use. Sufficient coverage is also essential.




SP has many years' experience of testing personal protective equipment (PPE) and is also actively taking part in national, European and international standardization work. Testing can be performed in accordance with several national, European and international standards for different types of protectors, or in accordance with the client's own performance requirements

SP is a “one-stop-shop” for testing and certification of protective equipment for sports and leisure.



 SP is today accredited for testing and certification in accordance with the following standards:


EN 13158        Protective clothing - Protective jackets, body and shoulder protectors
                      for equestrian use
EN 1621-1       Motorcyclists' protective clothing against mechanical impact
                      - Part 1: Impact protectors
EN 1621-2       Motorcyclists' protective clothing against mechanical impact
                      - Part 2: Back protectors

EN 14021        Stone shields for off-road motorcycling suited to protect riders against
                     stones and debris
EN 13277        Protecting equipment for martial arts.
                      Earch part of EN 13277 is specific for each kin
d of protector
EN 13277-1     Protective euipment for martial arts - General requirement

EN 13277-2     Protective euipment for martial arts - Shine, instep and forearm protectors
EN 13277-3     Protective euipment for martial arts - Trunk protectors
EN 13277-4     Protective euipment for martial arts - Head protectors
EN 13277-5     Protective euipment for martial arts - Genital protectors and abdominal protectors
EN 13277-6     Protective euipment for martial arts - Breast protectors for females
EN 13277-7     Protective euipment for martial arts
 - Hand and foot protectors

Special tests can also be performed in accordance with other standards, or with the client's own test specifications.


In addition, since 1994, SP has been a Notified Body entitled to perform and certify tests for CE-marking. SP's registration number as a Notified Body is 0402. CE-marking indicates that a helmet fulfils the requirements in the EEC Directive, 89/686/EEC. As this is a mandatory directive, helmets must be CE-marked if they are to be sold anywhere in Europe.




Certification for CE-marking consists of type testing. In many fields, there is a wish to complement type testing with manufacturer's inspection, which provides additional assurance for the purchaser that manufacture is continuously monitored by a third party. SP can provide this through SP




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