You’ve probably heard of the term “CE-approved” protection or armour.
What does that mean, actually? Here’s a short description for your knowledge and to avoid confusion.
Let’s start with what “CE” means. The letters stand for “ConformitéEuropéene” in French, which translates to “European Conformity.” However, you’ll find a large CE marking on an armour, plus the smaller “EN” mark followed by a code. The letters “EN” stand for “European Norm.”
The “CE Marking” is mandated by directive 93/68/EEC in 1993.
However, the markings on a piece of CE-approved armour will read as, for example, “EN1621-1 S/H TYPE A.” That’s in the case of the shoulder armour from the RS Taichi RSJ709 Frontier adventure jacket. Other manufacturers may mark their shoulder armours as “EN 1621-1:2012 S TYPE B”
You should find “EN1621-2 B (or FB) TYPE A (or B)” on a back protector.
This means Level 2 protection allow less forces through, hence providing better protection.
The certification is mandated by directive 89/686/EEC.