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Body Armour Certifications

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Types of Body Armour Certifications

A UK Home Office based research centre, founded in 1993. Their tests were designed to evaluate ballistic, stab, and spike resistant vests.

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.

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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

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.

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Our Body Armour Certifications

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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.

NIJ Standard 0115.00 Certification Threat Level 1 – Spike

Protects from threats that might be expected in a corrections environment. Lower quality knife blades and spike-style weapons that have been improvised from other materials typically characterise these threats.

NIJ Standard 0115.00 Certification Threat Level 1 – Edges Blade

Protects from threats that may be experienced “on the street” by police officers. Such as high quality, commercially machined edged knife blades.

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:


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