Body Armour Certifications

Are you undertaking a risk assessment and found that your team needs body armour, or are you purchasing a body armour for yourself?

Learn about certification and performance standards and find out if your body armour is recognised by governing bodies. This page will help you to:

  • Buy armour that meets official health and safety standards to avoid liability in case of injuries
  • Ask which standards an organisation should meet for your protection
  • Know that you are buying body armour that protects from an increasingly uncertain world.

Types of Body Armour Certification

Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) (Formerly CAST)

The ‘Centre for Applied Science and Technology’ (CAST) integrated with the DSTL on 1 April 2018, which is part of the UK Home Office. They set guidance on the minimum performance requirements and test methods for body armour intended for UK law enforcement agencies. 

This certification is still referred to as the definitive standard for body armour in the UK, and was originally established alongside the NIJ certification in the USA.

LEARN MORE: Home Office Body Armour Standard 2017

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S Department of Justice. This institute sets the standard for tests of ballistic, stab, and spike resistant body armour. Their certification is subject to an annual review following studies generated by the military, prisons, and police.

Learn more about NIJ

Vereininigung der Prüfstellen für Angriffshemmende Materialien und Konstruktionen (VPAM)

A testing body based in Germany which established the country's certification of ballistic, stab, spike, needle, and blunt force trauma resistant body armour. However, the foundations of these tests are largely based on CAST and NIJ standards with the addition of varying testing temperatures.

Learn more about VPAM

Our Body Armour Certifications

  • CAST certification - KR1 (Knife) Protects from single edged weapons from kitchen knives to machetes and beyond.
  • CAST certification - SP1 (Spike) Protects from makeshift 'shivs', such as sharpened screwdrivers, and doubled edged weapons including flip knives. These weapons are not currently protected by armour only offering KR1.
  • VPAM certification - W5 (Blunt Force) Blunt force trauma is the highest cause of injury faced by frontline personnel. We worked hard to make sure our armour protects against up to 100 joules of impact from blunt objects including metal pipes, baseball bats, and crowbars.
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Our Commitment

We are committed to ongoing research and testing, watch this space as we test the limits of our new high-performance carbon-fibre body armour with additional certifications. Also, we are committed to helping you buy the right armour for your organisation's PPE needs. Finally, we have over 100 years of combined operational experience in body armour, and we believe in our product. Find out more:

Stab Resistant Body Armour Video

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