In order to take account of a more complete and demanding evaluation of performance, and give specific and exclusive recognition to helmets that meet more demanding criteria, the FIM International Technical Commission have launched, the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets FRHPhe-01 (Road Racing only) FRHPhe-02 (all disciplines*, Off road included) which features the latest state of art methods of testing.
Under these programmes, the FIM grant helmets a homologation certificate and labels, which will be a mandatory prerequisite to be entitled to access in several competitions.
To obtain such homologation, the helmet have to meet the high performance and quality standard set by the FIM, in addition to being approved according to selected international standards.
The helmet properties are evaluated through a test protocol which aims to trigger the development of helmets offering an optimal protection for riders An optimal protection is understood as providing a minimised risk of skull fracture and of the multiple forms of brain damage, as well as a measured and controlled mechanical performance of the protective padding and the shell
The FIM test approach first assesses the helmet’s response to very high and medium low severity linear impacts, randomly in 9 to 13 out of 22 pre established locations distributed all over the helmet surface This aims at evenly assessing the level of protection against skull fracture and at featuring the mechanical properties of the protective padding (or liner)
Innovatively, the FIM test procedure is thereby a pioneer in the assessment of the helmet’s response to medium severity oblique impacts, aiming at evaluating the level of protection against brain injuries generated by critical rotational accelerations The oblique test constitutes the most novel and modern aspect of the methods of testing and reflects a very common scenario occurring in real world accidents, although never addressed in international standards so far.
Cheek pads must incorporate a quick release system, identified by a red strap.
In addition, a penetration test is included in the protocol and used to check the shell resistance to impacts against sharp objects.
With the first FIM standard that will be mandatory for Off road helmets as from 01 01 2026 this standard will dramatically increase the level of safety for our riders.
* Except for Trial, pedelec SSV and Land Speed World Records** riders
** (Streamliners only)