13-12-2016 – Following the publication of a Dutch standard for helmets for fast electric bicycles (45 km/h), NTA 8776, it is now possible to certify speed pedelec helmets to this standard both in the Netherlands and in Belgium.
In cooperation with an expert group, the Dutch standardization organization NEN has developed the certification scheme NCS 8776 in which requirements for certification bodies (CB’s) are written down to certify to NTA 8776. The CB’s, the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI) in Brussels, Belgium and Telefication, in Zevenaar, the Netherlands have made a license agreement with NEN to certify to NCS 8776.
As from now, helmet manufacturers can contact one of the above mentioned CB’s to certify speed pedelec helmets. After a successful conformity assessment, the manufacturers achieve a certificate and can attach the accompanying mark of approval to the helmet. To be allowed on the Dutch market an attached mark of approval, as described in NTA 8776 Annex B, is mandatory. For the moment, this obligation only applies to the Netherlands. In Belgium for instance, speed pedelec users are allowed to wear a conventional bicycle helmet.
The expert group that has developed NCS 8776 consists of: ABUS, Accell Group, BBB Cycling, Belgian Road Safety Institute, Bell Sports, CONEBI, Gazelle, KASK, MET Helmets, Pon, RAI Vereniging, Riese & Müller, TASS International, Telefication and TNO.
For questions or more information about certification www.nen.nl/speedpedelec.
For questions about NTA 8776 and/or NCS 8776 please contact Robby Veders, Consultant Industry and Safety, telephone No. 0031 15 2 690 1380 or e-mail [email protected].