After a huge amount of combined effort and collaboration between all the main stakeholders, the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets (FRHP) came into force for Grand Prix and Superbike racing as of 3 June. This marks an important moment for the programme with the original meeting between the interested parties having taken place almost three years ago back in July 2016.
From the outset the aim of the programme was 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 FRHP has been established, with the collaboration of the helmet manufacturers, in order to define a new test standard that goes above and beyond existing ones (e.g. UN ECE 22.05, Snell M2015, JIS T8133).
In addition to Grand Prix and Superbike racing adopting the new standard with immediate effect, it will be mandatory for all circuit racing competitions to adhere to the new FIM homologation process as from their first event of 2020.
Whilst the initial focus has been on circuit racing, the FIM already has plans to extend the FRHP to off road disciplines and championships in the next few years. Full details of the programme can be found on the official website http://www.frhp.org/ - including a full list of homologated helmets.
Speaking about the FRHP implementation FIM President Jorge Viegas said. “Bringing the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets into force represents a major milestone for this project, with the FIM having invested a large amount of work alongside the helmet manufacturers, our promoters, plus other recognised associations and key representatives from the industry over the last three years to arrive at this historic moment. As we have made clear, safety and in particular rider safety is one of the main pillars of the FIM moving forward, therefore it is important that we can reinforce this message with actual and real commitment by bringing the FRHP into action.”