The way it works is that each country in the European Union has a least one approved testing facility. The manufacturer sends one of the test houses their "technical file" on the product and a sample for inspection. The manufacturer is required by law to include information about the testing requirements and procedures, reference numbers, and the name of the test facility under the CE obilgations from what I understand, though there seems to be a lot of confusion or purposeful ignorance about that, even with the larger Euro manufacturers. It may be hard to locate the testing facility for many products. As was the case for the Velocity gear back protector, he had stated that it was tested by SATRA in England, so someone contacted them and they were able to confirm the pass.LifeLiberty said:wouldn't one be able to contact the CE organization that does the certifications to find out what products they have certified?
Yep, I'd rather understand the details of the testing than try to figure-out ambiguous marketing details, and since most will not bother with a clearer understanding, we should be seeking a Snell-type label. Performance testing holds a huge advantage over guesses or assumptions. Right now we have CE, for whatever it's worth, and our vote and money should be going to support those types honest actions and higher-quality information. The ugliest situation we can fall into is to have companies like Crash Pads lying about an important label and not having even a partial clue about what safety their products actually provide. Whether it's $5 or $500, we shouldn't be left to guess.ShanMan14 said:I don't undervalue the CE label, but I think the majority of us would do better WITH them than without. More padding=less ouch.
You've certainly done your homework, but I wonder how many of the rest of us would get into such minutiae about the product. It's not like SNELL is to helmets, IMO.