helmet safety testing

Helmet Safety Testing

Looking to ensure your helmet line hits the mark for safety? Seek no further! Our expert testing services not only certify your helmets but also pave the way for a smoother journey to market success. Let’s buckle up for safety and innovation together!

Global organizations play hardball with helmet manufacturers to ensure safety standards, keeping heads protected around the world.

At ACT LAB  safety isn’t just a priority—it’s our specialty. Join us as we dive into the world of helmet testing, exploring the various types we conduct and what testing might be on your radar based on your company’s product protocols.


About Our Testing Process

Helmet testing is not created equal. Testing can look very different even when it comes to the various headgear used for sports such as helmets for bicycling vs snow sports like snowboarding.

e-mobility product safety testing certification

Every helmet should have a sticker on the inside, and sometimes on the back exterior, that lists the helmet weight, manufacturing information, and safety certifications, among other information. Helmet testing is necessary in order to protect the public from injuries. At ACT Lab, we perform tests including: force/impact absorption, strap strength, roll-off prevention, peripheral vision and more that comply with CPSC standards and provide safety in falls or crashes. Bicycle helmets that fail any of the requirements violate the Consumer Product Safety Act.

Helmet Safety Testing Standards

Certifications and tests for helmets have been established by the following organizations:

  • DOT – Department of Transportation
  • ASTM – American Society for Testing and Martials
  • CPSC – Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • ISO – International Organization for Standardization
  • ANSI – American National Standards Institute
  • SFI – SEMA Foundation Inc




  • ASTM Fl952 – Helmets Used for Downhill Mountain Bicycle Racing

  • ASTM Fll63 – Protective Headgear Used in Horse Sports

  • ASTM F2040 – Helmets Used for Recreational Snow Sports

  • ASTM F2032 – Helmets Used for BMX cycling

  • SFI 24.l Youth Helmet

  • CPSC 16 CFR 1203 – Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets

  • DOT FMVSS No. 218 – Motorcycle Helmets

  • ASTM Fl447 – Helmets Used in Recreational Bicycling or Roller Skating

  • ASTM Fl492 – Helmets Used in Skateboarding and Trick Roller Skating

  • ASTM Fl849 – Helmets Used in Short Track Speed Ice Skating (Not to Include Hockey)

  • EN 1077 – Helmets for Alpine Skiers and Snowboarders

  • EN 1078 – Helmets for Pedal cyclists and for Users of Skateboards and Roller Skates

  • EN 12492 Helmets for Mountaineers

  • EN 1385 Helmets for Canoeing & White-Water Sports

  • ECE 22.05 – Protective Helmets and Their Visors for Drivers and Passengers of Motor cycles and Mopeds

  • NTA 8776 Helmets for S-EPAC Riders

  • AS/NZS 2063 – Helmets for use on Bicycles and Wheeled Recreational Devices

Obtaining product safety approval


Bicycle Helmet Testing

There are currently about 10 bicycle helmet safety standards around the world. Depending on where you distribute your product, your helmet may have to meet some or all of these standards. Our team can help you establish which standards are necessary for your product to meet to be in compliance with local and global standards.

In the U.S., every bicycle helmet is required to meet the CPSC 1203 standard.


Motorcycle Helmet Testing

In the United States, all motorcycle helmets must meet the “DOT standard”. The current DOT rating that is in effect now is the federal stand FMVSS 218.

The standard for motorcycle helmets in European nations is the ECE No. 22. The ECE has additionally adopted the new no 22.06 standard which includes the testing of rotational oblique impacts. 

hardhat helmet safety testing

Other Helmet Testing

Helmets play a vital, life-saving role in many activities. We also offer testing for manufacturers who make specialized helmets for equestrian riders, snowboarders, BMX cyclers, skiers, skaters, and more.

Specialized helmets can have their own standards so it is important to consult with a third-party expert like ACT LAB before going into production.

What makes ACT-lab the world’s best helmet product testing solution?

Our rich history in the e-mobility industry allows us to provide unrivaled testing & consultation services throughout the entire supply chain — safely bringing your product to market faster than the competition.

  • Accredited Expertise

    Enter the market with confidence, by relying on our accredited testing services administered by experienced professionals. Committee involvement with regulatory bodies: CPSC, ISO, ASTM, UL, ANSI, EN, GB, and more.

  • Global, State-of-the-Art Facilities

    Our testing facilities are located globally in key manufacturing regions, helping streamline logistics, ensuring your products undergo thorough testing to keep you ahead in the competitive market.

  • Risk Mitigation

    Identify potential issues early in the product development cycle, mitigate risks, and avoid costly recalls or compliance issues, enhancing brand reputation and customer trust.

  • Comprehensive & Customized Testing

    Access a wide range of testing services, including safety, durability, performance, and compliance, to ensure product quality and consumer safety. Our customized testing programs help ensure cost-effectiveness and efficiency, and allow us to help develop product messaging and more!

  • International Acclaim

    Leverage our internationally recognized testing and certification services to access global markets and demonstrate compliance with regional and international standards, opening up new opportunities for growth.

  • Continuous Improvement 

    Partner with a testing laboratory committed to continuous improvement, staying updated with the latest industry trends, technologies, and regulatory requirements to provide you with cutting-edge — and universally compliant — solutions.

  • Industry Insights

    Gain valuable insights and recommendations based on test results, helping you make informed decisions, improve product design, and meet market demands effectively.

  • Responsive Customer Support

    Leverage our internationally recognized testing and certification services to access global markets and demonstrate compliance with regional and international standards, opening up new opportunities for growth.

Have Questions?

ACT-LAB is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory that conducts consumer product safety and compliance testing for an active world. We can help ensure that your products both meet industry standards and are inspected to ensure the utmost quality.

To learn more about our tests contact us today.

Read more about our accreditations here.

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