Real or Not? – Safety Standards

Real or Not? – Safety Standards


The subject of certification recently came up in conversation here at Imperial.

As most of you are now aware, motorcycle helmets in BC need to have a certification (**see below). DOT, Snell or ECE. And not all beanie helmets with a DOT decal are approved. It needs to have a certification (either on the outer decal or inside the helmet).

Now this brings me to the conversation. It involved CE certification vs. CE approval. Which is which and is it really certified or approved. I’m including the links to two articles from WebBikeWorld as they seem to have sussed it out.

What I want to get at is this, as the consumer it is your responsibility to give yourself as much product knowledge to make sure you are getting what it is you want. As a retailer, we try to accumulate as much product knowledge as possible to help you, the consumer, but we do not know everything. As you will read below many people in the industry are probably not aware of the CE certification issues.

If this concerns you, please read the articles so you have a better understanding.

Certified vs Approved

Clothing Safety Standards




**  “In British Columbia, motorcycle drivers and passengers are required to wear a motorcycle safety helmet that meets one of the following safety standards (and the helmet needs to display the proper certification label):

  1. DOT: conformance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218; Motorcycle helmets (United States of America), also known as FMVSS 218 (49CFR571.218).
  2. Snell M2005, M2010 or M2015: certification in accordance with the Snell Memorial Foundation 2005, 2010 or 2015 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use with Motorcycles and Other Motorized Vehicles.
  3. ECE: approved in accordance with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Regulation No. 22.

The safety helmet needs to display the proper certification label. Detailed requirements and label images are provided below.