Hövding is CE marked after undergoing an extensive process for approval by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. CE marking is required for a cycle helmet to be able to be sold in Europe and certifies that the helmet complies with the requirements laid down in the EU Directive for personal protection equipment.
All types of helmets have to provide protection for the head in the form of shock absorption and force distribution in an accident. Complete protection in the event of an accident and functioning during normal use are basic criteria for CE marking. The helmet must also be designed so as to cause no unnecessary risks, i.e. there must be no sharp edges, etc. which could injure the wearer. The environmental tolerance criteria for helmets dictate that they must be able to withstand moisture and work in heat and cold and when subjected to the sun’s ultraviolet light.
In Europe there is a test procedure referred to as EN 1078 for traditional cycle helmets. It is what is referred to as a standard. Standards are developed for existing products to simplify and harmonise test methods between countries so that requirements and test procedures are the same for the same product, regardless of the country the product is tested in. The design of a standard is based on the characteristics and conditions of the existing product. The EN 1078 therefore includes, for example, a chin strap test that involves pulling the chin strap and other specific tests that have been designed to test the protective capacity of traditional cycle helmets. Even though standards and individual test methods have been adapted to existing products, they must always comply with the requirements of the PPE Directive for personal protective equipment.
As with many other new types of products launched on the market, for Hövding there was no standard for testing airbag cycle helmets. This meant that SP, which was commissioned to CE mark Hövding, had to develop a new test method in accordance with the requirements of the PPE Directive, that was adapted for airbag cycle helmets. When the test method had been developed, it was accredited and approved by SWEDAC (the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment). The purpose of accreditation is to ensure high quality and safety levels in testing and certification. The test method for Hövding consists partly of tests that are the same as those for traditional cycle helmets, such as an impact test on a flat surface and on a curbstone, and tests relating to the features of an airbag helmet that are unique and that differ from those of traditional cycle helmets. For example, tests are performed to ensure that Hövding inflates when it should, doesn’t inflate when it shouldn't and the durability of the airbag fabric.
The test method developed for airbag cycle helmets can also become a standard in the future. It will only become necessary when the need for a common test procedure between countries grows, i.e. when there are competitors to us that also make airbag helmets for cyclists that must be CE marked.
Like our internal tests, the CE tests for Hövding showed that the airbag cycle helmet has a significantly better shock absorbing capacity than traditional cycle helmets. For more information on this, please see our film: "Cycle Helmet Safety - What the inustry don't want you to know"EG-declaration of conformity – PPE (pdf) EG-declaration of conformity – EMC (pdf)