NTS’ Chesapeake Testing Approved by SEI for NOCSAE Certification Program

August 29, 2016

Congratulations to our Chesapeake Testing Services division which has recently entered into agreement with Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) to conduct SEI NOCSAE Certification program testing.

NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, was formed to commission research directed toward injury prevention, particularly head and neck injuries in football, and published its first test standard in 1973. Today, both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations require the use of helmets certified to the NOCSAE standard.

In 2015, NOCSAE began requiring third-party certification for athletic equipment to meet NOCSAE standards. In order to achieve certification, manufacturers must contract with SEI, the independent accredited certification body for the NOCSAE standards. SEI, has audited and approved Chesapeake Testing for the performance of the testing required for the NOCSAE approval.

Chesapeake Testing is an ISO/IEC 17025 A2LA accredited laboratory with a broad testing scope covering NOCSAE standards as well as a wide variety of other products.

“We are very excited to receive the approval from SEI,” stated Dr. Erin Hanlon, Head of Sports Technology and Biomedical Engineering at Chesapeake Testing  “we are already receiving inquiries for testing and are looking forward to helping these clients to ensure the safety of athletes everywhere.”

Chesapeake Testing was founded in 2006 as a body armor testing lab operating two indoor firing ranges. Today, it is one of the twenty-seven fully accredited and internationally recognized state-of-the-art testing laboratories in the NTS network. In addition to athletic equipment testing, the facility boasts eight indoor firing ranges specializing in testing ballistic and armor protection systems.

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