PPE testing ensures that the product can reliably protect the wearer’s well-being when worn and used as intended. In Europe, the PPE Regulation EU 2016/425 regulates the PPE products placed on the market. All PPE products covered by this regulation must meet the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSR) listed and described in Module B Annexure V.
What is PPE certification?
PPE is classified into three categories: I, II and III. An EU declaration of conformity is required for each.
PPE Category and Certification requirements
- Category I:
This certification covers simple products such as gardening gloves and sunglasses. Manufacturers may obtain the certification on their own by developing a technical file that includes the manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity.
- Category II:
The products covered in this category include safety and sports helmets, safety footwear, high visibility clothing, etc. The certification process requires an EU-type examination by a Notified Body (Module B).
- Category III:
Complex products such as respiratory equipment, fall arrest equipment and chemical protective clothing, fall under this category. To obtain the certification, an EU Type Examination certificate and ongoing assessment of compliance are required. The manufacturer can choose to have the Notified Body audit the manufacturing annually to ensure that quality management systems are in place to manufacture a compliant product on an ongoing basis (Module D); or they can have the Notified Body select samples annually for compliance testing (Module C2).
These tests provide manufacturers with the assurance that based on design, their products are able to safeguard end users from injury. PPE testing services also ensure that the manufacturing equipment meets global standards, thus enabling the manufacturers to access key markets.
TÜV SÜD is one of the leading players in the testing and certification industry. With our long-standing experience in product quality and safety, we are ready to support all your PPE testing requirements. Our experts apply their knowledge and expertise to ensure that your products will protect consumers and function reliably.
Our PPE testing services:
- Testing of sports helmets
TÜV SÜD tests helmets to international standards for functions such as airborne sports, cycling, skateboarding, children’s protection, water sports, snow sports and hockey.
- Testing of mountaineering equipment
We perform safety tests on mountaineering equipment to international standards. Our tests cover equipment such as chocks, carabiners, harnesses, pulleys, tape, slings, rope clamps, fasteners and pitons.
- Testing of martial arts support equipment
Our experts provide testing as per international norms for protective equipment used in martial arts activities including clamping pads, shin guards, upper body protection, head guards, genital and abdominal protectors, and breast protectors for women.
- Testing of fall protection equipment
We perform testing to international standards for equipment designed to protect people by preventing falls or preventing injuries due to falling. Our testing for fall protection equipment covers rescue loops, kernmantle ropes, lanyards, height devices, arrest harnesses, connection elements and protection systems.
- CE Marking
We provide EU-type examination certification for Category II and III products through TÜV SÜD (notified body number 0123) and annual factory audit for Category III products through our global auditor network.
A global leader in testing and certification, TÜV SÜD’s team of multidisciplinary experts has in-depth experience across most consumer product categories. We offer extensive industry expertise to support our customers in safety testing and meeting laws, directives and standards on safety and quality.
By partnering with us, you will benefit from guided and informed testing services and support throughout the product lifecycle. Our global network of accredited test labs is ready to support you with timely responses to all your testing needs.