This page is designed to help you understand
exactly what the CE mark means and why it is so important to you.
The European Union understood that in adopting a free trade policy
between member states it must also set standards across Europe that
would be fair to everyone and would protect consumers.
This process began in the 1980’s and in 1989 the European
Commission passed a “European Community Council Directive which
was titled “The Personal Protective Equipment EC
Directive” (now known as the PPE Directive).
This directive became mandatory legislation for every EU country in
It stated that if a product was sold as a protective item, or was
intended to offer protection to the user, it must comply with the
PPE Directive. The directive covered everything from washing up
gloves to Firemen’s Breathing Apparatus and Impact protection/body
armour was also included.
Follow this link for Guidelines on PPE for motorcycling
What does it mean for Motorcycling?
When someone buys a piece of impact protection or body
armour, they want to know that it has been tested to a standard. If
there is no standard then how does the consumer know it is reliable
and how can they make a fair judgement.
The PPE Directive is very clear.
ALL MOTORCYCLE PROTECTORS MUST BEAR
THE CE MARK.
They have to be tested by a government approved notified
body to ensure they comply with the directive and they must be
issued with a set of User instructions that carry the name of the
A WORD OF CAUTION
There are protectors on the market that are stamped
with the CE logo but have not been tested. They are usually sub
standard and are sold fraudulently in Europe as they do not comply
with the directive.
Always ask to see the User Instruction booklet to check their
validity. If in doubt contact your local trading standards office
Knox was the first company in the world to gain CE approval for
All Knox armour is tested and approved to the
European Impact protector standard EN 1621-1:1997 and EN 1621 –
2:2003 which have very specific testing criteria.
CE Certification of Knox protectors is issued by:
Ricotest Italy , Identification Number – 0498
Every set of Knox CE protectors are issued with a User Instruction
Booklet. Look for the booklet, it’s a sign
you can trust.