From the 1st of January 2017 on, the Dutch authorities allow speed-pedelec (S-EPAC) riders to wear an NTA 8776 compliant helmet. This offers the cyclist an alternative for wearing the ECE R22 helmet, which is worn by motorcyclists or moped riders.Click for Dutch
On this webpage you will find information on the speed pedelec (NTA 8776) helmet and how to recognize one. You will also find more information concerning NTA 8776-certifed helmets and what certification bodies hold a licensing agreement with NEN for NTA 8776 certification.
What is an NTA 8776 (speed pedelec) helmet?
A speed pedelec is a two-wheeled vehicle with auxiliary propulsion power, assisting the rider with pedalling up to a maximum of 45 km/h. According to the new EU directive (No 168/2013) on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles, the S-EPAC is classified as a moped.
An NTA 8776 helmet is a helmet that complies with the requirements in the Dutch Technical Agreement (NTA) 8776. These requirements have been drafted by an international project group under the management of NEN. This helmet looks like a bicycle helmet, but protects against higher impact speeds and covers a larger part of the head.
Drafting NTA 8776
In drafting the NTA, the project group made use of existing knowledge on head protection (a whole range of existing helmet standards, literature) and the results of tests performed on high-end bicycle helmets. Then, using EN 1078 as the base, the project group redefined its requirements towards the limits of the current technical possibilities in head protection. Next to the increased safety level, other important considerations in defining the requirements were that the helmet should be suitable for use in physical effort and should not impede the hearing ability of the S-EPAC user.
NTA 8776 is freely available for perusal. To view NTA 8776 register freely at NEN Connect. NTA 8776 is also availiable for purchase in our NEN Webshop.
How do I recognize an NTA 8776 helmet?
To be permitted to place a S-EPAC helmet on the market and to be able to use it on public roads (in the Netherlands), the helmet has to contain a mark of approval which can be found in Annex B of NTA 8776. This mark of approval is tied to an accompanying certification process. The requirements for the certification process are written down in the NEN certification scheme NCS 8776. The mark of approval is to be found on (the right side of) this website, in Annex B of NTA 8776 and in NCS 8776. On the inside of the speed pedelec helmet only the text 'NTA 8776' is displayed. The full mark of approval is displayed on the packaging of the helmet and in the manual.
Which helmets are certified to NTA 8776?
Here you will find an up-to-date overview of NTA 8776 certified helmets.
Where can I certify an NTA 8776 helmet?
Certification bodies that have a license agreement with NEN are qualified to certify NTA 8776 helmets. These are the VIAS Institure in Brussels, Belgium, Telefication in Zevenaar, the Netherlands and CSI in Bollate, Italy. More information on certification or application.
Certifcationscheme NCS 8776
NCS 8776 is freely available for perusal. To view NCS 8776 register freely at NEN Connect. NCS 8776 is also availiable for purchase in our NEN webshop.
For questions about NTA 8776 and NCS 8776 you can contact Robby Veders, Consultant Industrie & Veiligheid, phonenumber +31(0)15 2 690 180 or you can send an e-mail.
For questions about the developments of speed-pedelec or standardization and bicycles you can contact Merel Wagner, Consultant AgroFood & Consument, phonenumber +31(0)15 2 690 185 or send an e-mail.