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PPE Regulation

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What is PPE regulation? And why should you care? Let us provide you with an overview of PPE regulation and what it means for you.

From 21 April 2018 a new regulation came into force, all motorcycle clothing is legally defines as “Personal Protective Clothing” (PPE) (except for rain over-suits which are excluded).

What does this mean for the industry?

Anyone who sell motorcycle clothing in a shop or online in the UK and EU countries, by law can only do so after the product has been tested, certified and approved.

Independent, third party accreditation by test facilities known as “Notified Bodies”, will examine the product against the appropriate technical specification standard to ensure it complies with the basic health and safety requirements set by the CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) in the PPE Regulation 2016/425. 

What is the PPE Regulation?

What does this mean for motorcycle clothing?

The regulation requires any clothing or personal equipment sold to provide protection from injury and to comply to the relevant European standard, which in this case is CE (Conformité Européenne). The clothing or gear will need to have a CE label permanently attached with the number of the standard it was tested to.

Although there are many motorcycle garment manufacturers which have clothing tested by CE, it’s not currently a requirement to have it. Much of the clothing that is currently tested with CE however isn’t certified as a whole garment. This could mean, for example, that possibly only the armour or impact areas are CE certified, but with PPE Regulation 2016/425 all areas of the clothing will need to be tested and certified.