By Richard Harfoot, D3O Motorsport Business Development Manager

The new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 came into force on the 21st of April 2018, meaning that PPE manufacturers and sellers have been able to certify products to the new requirements.

The new Regulation replaces the existing PPE Directive 89/686/EEC, which is now over 20 years old. A lot has changed in that time, both in regard to advances made in PPE manufacturing and the marketing of products, with the ultimate aim of the new Regulation being to keep today’s end users safe.

Where there has been some confusion however is around the transition period for motorcycle protectors and it’s something that we’ve been contacted about and have taken steps to make clear.

There’s a well-documented route laid out in the BSI’s white paper for how manufacturers will move from the old Directive to the new Regulation, however the new health and safety requirements mean that it’s less clear for motorcycle PPE.

At D3O, we’re committed to delivering the very best in impact protection, so we’ve taken the necessary steps to make sure products comply with the PPE Regulation now.

The additional testing and ergonomic assessment work has been completed, meaning that D3O® products certified to EN 1621-1:2012, EN 1621-2:2014 and EN 1621-3 2016 have been transferred to the new Regulation. This transfer process has been managed by D3O’s quality department so as to reduce the impact to our customers.

This includes:

Many of our customers have already contacted us about the switch to the new Regulation and if you’re involved in motorcycle PPE you’ll probably be aware that there are lots of different opinions.

There has definitely been some confusion in the market and by making the changes now, rather than over the course of the transition period, we felt we could take that confusion away for our customers.

Manufacturers need to be taking the necessary steps now to make sure they comply with the PPE Regulation. If you have products that contain D3O® material and you are uncertain about compliance or which specific standard you need to look at, please feel free to get in touch with us. We will do whatever we can to point you in the right direction.

Any questions you might have about the implications for your business can be sent through via our Contact Us form, or by speaking to your D3O representative.