NOCSAE Standard Documents and Laboratory Guides

NOCSAE develops performance standards for protective equipment used in a variety of sports. There are two types of standards; General and Sport-specific. The General standards apply to multiple different sport-specific standards, and should be referred to in addition to the sport-specific standards. All NOCSAE standards, proposed standards, and laboratory guides are listed on this site for download in PDF format (requires ADOBE ACROBAT READER 7.0.5 or newer – free from )


There are two levels of standards: 

  1. Final Status. A Standard is elevated from Proposed Status by Standards Committee approval and becomes effective no sooner than one year after vote for elevation. See the specific Standard for its effective date.
  2. Proposed Status (highlighted in Red). A formalized document with Board approval for the purpose of obtaining written comments from manufacturers, governing bodies and other interested parties. Each standard is held in Proposed Status for a minimum one-year period. While in this status, the NOCSAE Board encourages all interested parties to provide comments. Comments must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director. Prior to submitting comments, interested parties are welcome to discuss their comments with either the Research Director or the Technical Advisor

Document Naming Convention

Following each document number (NDXXX-YYmZZ) is the year the document was last revised (YY). Revisions require NOCSAE Board approval. The year following the “m” is the year the document was last modified (ZZ or ZZa, etc…). Modifications do not require Board approval. A list of all modifications are provided at the end of the document.