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 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).
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).
Developed and launched in 2016, the NIJ Mark signifies a product’s compliance status with NIJ Standard 0101.06. Potential buyers can look for the NIJ Mark as additional assurance when researching ballistic-resistant body armor.
Justnet.org offers more details on the NIJ Mark, its proper use and placement and information on the CTP here: https://www.justnet.org/howto/NIJ-Mark.html.