It has been announced by the EU Commission that the European Equestrian Riding Helmet standard (BS)EN1384 is to be withdrawn from the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) at its next publication. This means that hat manufacturers will no longer be able to CE mark their hats using this standard and will need to recertify to a specification currently being developed.
What does this mean for (BS)EN1384 Standard Hats?
The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on riding hats already on the market. Once a hat has been manufactured to a standard it does not become “non-standard” after withdrawal and can continue to be sold and worn. If riders have hats certified to the EN1384 they can continue to use them unless stated otherwise by rules of competition.
The existing EN1384 standard is currently in the process of revision. The withdrawal is due in part to the European working group responsible for the hat standard failing to reach an agreement on this overdue revision and subsequently causing the Commission to take this drastic step. The draft proposal for the revision to EN1384 has to go through a procedure of comment and review and it is still unclear when the final version will be published. An interim specification is being developed by a group of EU test houses and notified bodies (VG1) that will span the gap with a new specification.
What does this mean for The Pony Club?
The Pony Club will not be allowing hats which are only marked with the standard (BS)EN 1384 after 31 December 2015
The prefix ‘BS’ at the start of the EN 1384 standard does not mean the hat has undergone batch testing by the British Standards Institute and hats marked with (BS)EN 1384 and PAS 015 standards must also contain the BSI Kitemark. This is as stated in The Pony Club Yearbook.
How do we tag these hats?
In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, and to allow hats only marked with the standard (BS)EN 1384 to be clearly identifiable, the hat tagging procedure for 2015 will now be as follows:
- Any hats which are certified and only marked with the standard (BS)EN 1384 should continue to be tagged with a purple tag. Most of these hats will already have a purple tag on from previous hat tagging but in the event of one of these hats requiring a new tag only a purple tag should be used.
- Any hats which are certified and are also marked with one of the other standards permissible by the Pony Club (PAS 015, Snell E2001 and AS/NZS 3838) should be tagged with one of the new white hat tags before the 31st of December 2015. The full list of standards is as stated in The Pony Club Yearbook.
- In 2015 hats bearing either white and purple tags will be permitted in Pony Club activities. After the 31 December 2015 no hat bearing a purple tag will be permitted to be worn in Pony Club activities
- We would also remind Branches that hat tagging should only be carried out by one of your two nominated hat taggers and not by any other Branch officials