PPE Certification

CE Marking of PPE (Article 10)

BTTG™ - Notified Body 0338 & 0339

BTTG™ Testing & Certification Ltd. is a Notified Body for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive, 89/686/EEC. Our notification allows BTTG™ Certification Services to conduct EC type-examination (Article 10 of the PPE Directive) for those PPE items within our scope.

BTTG™ has been a Notified Body for PPE since 1993, and have issued over 3,000 Article 10 EC type-examination Certificates. With our history and experience of textile research and testing, BTTG™ are one of the foremost Notified Bodies for the testing and certification of protective clothing and gloves.

Article 10 of the PPE Directive - EC Type-Examination

PPE must be CE marked by the manufacturer before being sold in Europe (the EEA). The PPE Directive lists the procedures the manufacturer must undertake before affixing the CE mark.

Category I PPE, so-called “simple design”, is self-certified by the manufacturer, and does not have to be submitted to a Notified Body. Category II (intermediate design) and Category III (complex design) must be submitted for EC type-examination to a Notified Body.

BTTG™ Certification Services

BTTG™ Certification Services, backed by the specialist knowledge of staff from the BTTG™ accredited test laboratories, work closely with manufacturers to ensure they have the correct technical documentation and all necessary test data to enable them to successfully CE mark their products.

Our expertise in assessing protective clothing means that BTTG™ are trusted by manufacturers the world over to test and certify their products. Our experienced Certification team can assist manufacturers in choosing the correct procedures and test methods for their products, and will provide guidance on aspects of the type-examination such as Technical File content, Labelling, and User Information.

Harmonised Standards and Technical Specifications

As a Notified Body, BTTG™ have the authority to issue EC type-examination certificates for PPE items using Harmonised Standards (those accepted by the EU as providing presumption of conformity with the PPE Directive) as well as Technical Specifications such as ISO, IEC and NFPA standards and other technical documents.

Among the most commonly used standards BTTG™ use to certify PPE items are:

Firefighters

  • EN 469 – Firefighter’s protective clothing
  • EN 1486 - Reflective clothing for specialized fire-fighting
  • EN 15416, ISO 15384 and ISO 16073 – Wildland firefighting clothing
  • EN 13911 - Firefighter’s hoods
  • EN 659 - Firefighter’s gloves

Heat and Flame Protection

  • EN ISO 11612 - Protective Clothing against heat and flame
  • EN ISO 11611 – Welder’s protective clothing
  • EN ISO 14116 - Limited flame spread protective clothing
  • BS 7971-10 – Public order (police) protective clothing
  • EN 407 - Protective gloves against heat and flame
  • EN 12477 - Welder’s protective gloves
  • EN ISO 14460 – Protective clothing for racing drivers
  • IEC 61482 - Protective Clothing against electric arc flash

Visibility

  • EN ISO 20471 – High Visibility clothing
  • EN 1150 - Visibility clothing for non-professional use
  • EN 13356 – Visibility accessories

Chemical Protection

  • EN 943-1 and EN 943-2 - "Gas-tight" (Type 1) and "non-gas-tight" (Type 2) protective suits
  • EN 14605 - Liquid-tight (Type 3) or spray-tight (Type 4) protective clothing
  • EN ISO 13982 - Protective clothing against solid particulates (Type 5)
  • EN 13034 - Limited protective performance against liquid chemicals (Type 6)
  • EN 1073-1 and EN 1073-2 - Protective clothing against radioactive contamination
  • EN 14126 - Protective clothing against infective agents
  • EN 374 - Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms

Mechanical Action

  • EN 381 series - Protective clothing and gloves for users of hand-held chain saws
  • EN 510 - Protective clothing for avoidance of entanglement
  • EN 388 - Protective gloves against mechanical risks
  • EN 14404 – Knee protectors

Foul Weather and Cold Environments

  • EN 342 - Clothing for protection against cold
  • EN 343 - Clothing for protection against rain
  • EN 14058 – Clothing for protection against cool environments
  • EN 511 - Protective gloves against cold

Radiation Protection

  • EN 421 - Protective gloves against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination
  • EN / IEC 61331-1 – X-ray protection

General Requirements

  • EN ISO 13688 - Protective clothing
  • EN 420 - Protective gloves

For further reading on CE marking of Category II PPE, download our guidance document here.

Category III PPE

PPE classified as Category III are items protecting against mortal hazard or serious, irreversible injury. These items must be submitted to a Notified Body for EC Type-Examination (Article 10), and must also undergo annual checking by a Notified Body according to Article 11 of the PPE Directive. Manufacturers have two options, 11A or 11B.

As Notified Body 0338 and 0339, BTTG™ is accredited for both Article 11A (annual checking by selection and testing), and also Article 11B (factory audit).

Article 11A

The Article 11A procedure is suitable for manufacturers of Category III PPE who do not have an approved Quality System. The Notified Body must carry out the necessary checks on the PPE by selecting samples once per year, carrying out sufficient testing to show conformity with the original model, with the Directive and with the relevant standards.

BTTG™ Certification Services create a multi-year testing schedule for each PPE undergoing Article 11A, that covers all relevant tests over the cycle while checking safety-critical properties every year. Selection is made by our experienced staff, or by independent, qualified personnel chosen by BTTG™ specifically for the task. Selection can take place at any suitable location, at the production site, head office, or at a distributor or importer’s premises.

Article 11B

BTTG™ are also accredited for Article 11B (factory audit), suitable for manufacturers of Category III PPE with an approved quality-control system, such as ISO 9000 or similar systems.

More information on our Article 11B services can be found here.

For further reading on CE marking of Category III PPE, download our guidance document below.

The EU’s PPE webpages can be found here.

Among the most commonly used standards BTTG use to certify PPE items are:

Firefighters

  • EN 469 – Firefighter’s protective clothing
  • EN 1486 - Reflective clothing for specialized fire-fighting
  • EN 15416, ISO 15384 and ISO 16073 – Wildland firefighting clothing
  • EN 13911 - Firefighter’s hoods
  • EN 659 - Firefighter’s gloves

Heat and Flame Protection

  • EN ISO 11612 - Protective Clothing against heat and flame
  • EN ISO 11611 – Welder’s protective clothing
  • EN ISO 14116 - Limited flame spread protective clothing
  • BS 7971-10 – Public order (police) protective clothing
  • EN 407 - Protective gloves against heat and flame
  • EN 12477 - Welder’s protective gloves
  • EN ISO 14460 – Protective clothing for racing drivers
  • IEC 61482 - Protective Clothing against electric arc flash

Visibility

  • EN ISO 20471 – High Visibility clothing
  • EN 1150 - Visibility clothing for non-professional use
  • EN 13356 – Visibility accessories

Chemical Protection

  • EN 943-1 and EN 943-2 - "Gas-tight" (Type 1) and "non-gas-tight" (Type 2) protective suits
  • EN 14605 - Liquid-tight (Type 3) or spray-tight (Type 4) protective clothing
  • EN ISO 13982 - Protective clothing against solid particulates (Type 5)
  • EN 13034 - Limited protective performance against liquid chemicals (Type 6)
  • EN 1073-1 and EN 1073-2 - Protective clothing against radioactive contamination
  • EN 14126 - Protective clothing against infective agents
  • EN 374 - Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms

Mechanical Action

  • EN 381 series - Protective clothing and gloves for users of hand-held chain saws
  • EN 510 - Protective clothing for avoidance of entanglement
  • EN 388 - Protective gloves against mechanical risks
  • EN 14404 – Knee protectors

Foul Weather and Cold Environments

  • EN 342 - Clothing for protection against cold
  • EN 343 - Clothing for protection against rain
  • EN 14058 – Clothing for protection against cool environments
  • EN 511 - Protective gloves against cold

Radiation Protection

  • EN 421 - Protective gloves against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination
  • EN / IEC 61331-1 – X-ray protection

General Requirements

  • EN ISO 13688 - Protective clothing
  • EN 420 - Protective gloves

For further reading on CE marking of Category II PPE, download our guidance document here ….