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fim plan to improve helmet safety and testing

The motorcycle sport governing body, the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme), has met with the big helmet manufacturers to explain its plan to improve rider head protection and helmet testing.

The meeting, held at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany on Saturday 16 July, also involved MotoGP promoter Dorna, the MSMA (Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers Association) and IRTA (International Road Racing Teams Association). Helmet manufacturers present were Arai, AGV, HJC, LS2, Nolan Group, Schuberth, Shark, Shoei, Suomy/Kyt, plus representatives of the Confindustria Ancma (Associazione Nazionale Ciclo Motociclo Accessori).
 
The FIM Helmet Certification Programme (FHCP) was presented in detail. The aim of the programme is “to improve riders’ head protection and to respond to the need for a more objective evaluation of the safety performance of protective helmet systems for racing”.

The programme is being established with the collaboration of the helmet manufacturers to define a new test standard that goes above and beyond existing ones (e.g. UN ECE 22.05, Snell M2015, JIS T8133). Technical content and application procedures were proposed and discussed with the representatives. The group reached a basis for cooperative dialogue for the future, aiming at a common understanding.

The FIM, founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 113 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Among its 50 FIM world championships, the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

Pictured is FIM president Vito Ippolito

 

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