HOSDB Armour Standards 2007

All Jack Ellis Body Armour is UK Home Office’s, Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) previously known as the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) certified to the relevant standards. Jack Ellis Body Armour has one of the few CAST/HOSDB certified ladies vests in the UK. One of the difficulties facing body armour manufacturers in the UK selling into non police markets is the lack of independent body armour performance standards or certification. As a result, credible body armour manufacturers in the UK, use the UK Police body armour standards as a benchmark in establishing performance standards or certification. We will gladly present our manufacturer’s certification on request, alternatively please use the link at the foot of this page to use the HOSDB.

There are three main international Body Armour Standards setting bodies:

  • The American National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development and evaluation agency of the United States Department of Justice. The NIJ is focused primarily on advancing technology for criminal justice applications such as law enforcement and corrections, forensics, and judicial processes.
  • The UK Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) is made up of scientists and engineers who develop technological solutions to fight crime. CAST works with academia and industry.
  • The German Police standard, the Schutzklasse, which translate into English is protection class.

Jack Ellis manufactures two specific ranges of body armour, the knife and spike resistant vest and the all in one body armour, which provides certified resistance to ballistic, knife and spike threats. Jack Ellis Body Armour has one of the few HOSDB certified all in one ladies vests (ballistic, knife and stab resistant) in the UK. One of the difficulties facing body armour manufacturers in the UK selling into non police markets is the lack of independent body armour performance standards or certification. As a result, credible body armour manufacturers in the UK, use the UK Police body armour standards as a benchmark in establishing performance standards or certification. Jack Ellis will gladly present their HOSDB certification on request.

The UK Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) sets body armour standards to advise the police and other government departments as to the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by their personnel. The HOSDB undertakes exacting tests to establish the standards manufacturers of equipment will meet to be able to be included in the HOSDB database as approved. The standards are all based on actual threats faced by the police and are produced in collaboration with ACPO and the Police Federation to ensure that police forces are able to select equipment that meets operational requirements.

Underpinning a rigorous testing regime, a manufacturer is required to comply with a stringent quality process, including the recertification of armour after the production of 5,000 units. There are separate tests required for ladies armour. This information has been collated from the HOSDB website and papers authored by officials of the HOSDB.