NOCSAE Clarifies Statement Concerning Certification of Helmets Using Unequal Technologies

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) clarified that its July 16, 2013 statement suggesting that the use of certain aftermarket helmet add-on products may void helmet certifications does not apply to products that don't permanently attach to a helmet.

NOCSAE issue the clarification to avoid potential confusion at the request of  Unequal Technologies, which makes a variety of supplemental head protection products for team sports.

NOCSAE general counsel Mike Oliver confirmed that because Unequal supplemental head padding in a helmet is not intended to, and does not, permanently attach to the helmet, the use of Unequal product will not void a helmet's certification.

“Unequal appreciates NOCSAE's governing role in overseeing equipment standards and supports its mission to enhance athlete safety,” said Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal.

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Thomas J. Ryan

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NOCSAE Clarifies Statement Concerning Certification of Helmets Using Unequal Technologies

On July 16, 2013, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) board of directors released a statement suggesting that the use of certain aftermarket helmet add-on products may void helmet certifications.

To avoid potential confusion about the impact of the statement on the use of Unequal Technologies products, Unequal asked NOCSAE to clarify their statement. NOCSAE general counsel Mike Oliver has confirmed that because Unequal supplemental head padding in a helmet is not intended to, and does not, permanently attach to the helmet, the use of Unequal product will not void a helmet's certification.

“Unequal appreciates NOCSAE's governing role in overseeing equipment standards and supports its mission to enhance athlete safety,” said Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal.

About The Author

Thomas J. Ryan

Thomas J. Ryan Senior Business Editor | SGB Media tryan@sgbonline.com | 917.375.4699

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