Body Armor Standards and Testing

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Published Body Armor Standards

Performance standards ensure that commercially available armor meets minimum performance requirements. NIJ has published standards for both ballistic and stab resistance of personal body armor:

See also NIJ's:

Body Armor Compliance Testing

During testing, independent laboratories that have been certified by NIJ put body armor through a series of tests to verify that it complies with NIJ's performance Standards. The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center system administers the voluntary body armor program. Learn more about the Compliance Testing Program Exit Notice.


Date Modified: March 26, 2012