- New safety norm to be called ECE 22.06
- Incorporates new tests for helmets, visors, and accessories
- To be fully implemented by 2022
The ECE 22.05 helmet safety standard has been in use around the world for the past 20 years. This regulation will soon be replaced by a new standard called the ECE 22.06.
Currently, the test involves placing a headform in the helmet and dropping it at a pre-determined speed on an anvil. However, the 22.06 safety standard will measure forces using sensors in the headform and the helmet will be dropped on the anvil at speeds higher and lower than the 22.05 test. Moreover, the new standard will also drop test the helmet at a 45-degree angle and on multiple impact points. For the first time, the ECE standards will measure the approximate impact it could have on the brain.
Additionally, the ECE 22.06 regulations will test flip-up helmets with the chin in varied positions and with the sun visors down. Furthermore, official accessories that come with the helmet like, intercom systems will also be scrutinized. The new regulations are expected to get the green light from the United Nations by June 2020 after which helmet manufacturers will have until 2022 to sell off existing ECE 22.05 stock.
Nevertheless, we can expect the ECE 22.06 certified helmets to be launched by September or October this year. While the new standard will ensure that helmets are much safer, it would also certainly increase the prices across the range. Meanwhile, you can read our guide on how to choose the perfect helmet HERE.