NIJ Mark

Tested & Approved: The NIJ Mark

Learn More About the NIJ Mark

Introduced in 2016, the NIJ Mark indicates a product’s compliance status with NIJ Standard 0101.06. Potential buyers can look for the NIJ Mark as evidence that the armor model bearing the mark has been tested through the NIJ CTP and found to comply with the requirements of NIJ Standards.

To learn more details on the NIJ Mark and its proper use and placement, click here.

Is this Body Armor Really Approved by NIJ?

When looking to acquire or replace body armor, you will see advertisements or claims on manufacturers’ websites about protection offered by their armor. What can you do to make sure that the body armor you may be considering buying, or are currently wearing, has indeed passed the rigorous testing set forth by NIJ Standards?  You can check with us!

Look Up and Double Check Body Armor

Look up products on the Compliant Products List. Then double check the labels for the NIJ Mark to ensure that the products you’re considering purchasing or are about to wear are in fact compliant with the requirements and standards set forth by NIJ and monitored through its Compliance Testing Program (CTP).

Why Labels Are Sometimes Misleading

Some manufacturers have used labels that resemble the NIJ CTP statement of compliance, which created the perception that particular products have participated in the CTP. To counter misuse of the CTP label, NIJ has developed the new Mark and registered it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The only ballistic-resistant product that NIJ certifies is law enforcement body armor that meet the requirements of NIJ’s Compliance Testing Program (CTP), which are then listed on NIJ’s Compliant Products List (CPL). The NIJ CTP has never tested nor certified other types of ballistic items, such as backpacks, blankets, or briefcases. Any statements, marketing literature, or information presented on their respective websites by product manufacturers that claims NIJ testing or certification for such products is false. For more information, please refer to the following US Department of Justice statement.

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