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Our Standards

VestGuard believes in offering the best ballistic and quality standards on the market. 

As a UK manufacturer the VestGuard factory must work to meet high British quality standards. We pride ourselves on ensuring long lasting, quality products.


ISO 2001:2008 Standards

ISO is a world renowned quality management system which all companies should follow to ensure exacting quality procedures are met to provide the best product to customers. VestGuard is ISO accredited and we work to this procedure every day to provide consistently high quality products to our customers.


CE Marking Standards

CE marking is a mandatory conformity for products placed on the market in the European Union. With CE marking on our products we declare that these products conform with the essential requirements for body armour supplied to civilians and government agencies. Our vests have performed to ‘excellent’ standards for ergonomics, comfort and protection. CE marking is a legal requirement when purchasing body armour for civilian use.


Military Standards

VestGuard supply to many government and military forces across the world. Our vests must conform to military specifications for material quality, manufacturing quality and longevity.

The VestGuard outer covers are designed to endure extreme use and weather conditions. Manufactured using highest quality materials, each cover must comply with the following performance requirements.

Performance Requirements

Test Standard

Abrasion Resistance (12kPa)

200,000 rubs

BS ENISO12947-2:1999

Tear Strength

100 N Minimum

BS ENISO13937-3:2000

Tensile Strength

1200 N Minimum

BS ENISO13934-1:1999

Colour Fastness

Level 4 Re Colour Change Level 3 Re Staining

BS ENISO105-E04:1996

Ballistic Standards

VestGuard manufactures to the very latest ballistic standards required by our customers. Our products are designed to protect our customers and have been developed and verified through in-house, independent and customer testing.


National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

This is considered the most widely used internationally recognised standard. The standard covers protection against small handguns and anything up to armour piercing rifles. The standard is used for body armour, helmets and other armour solutions on the market, such as vehicle armour and shields.

This standard is split into levels of protection designated by roman numerals.

NIJ level II (2)                Small handgun protection

NIJ level IIIA (3a)            High velocity handguns

NIJ level III (3)                Rifles

NIJ level IV (4)               Armour piercing rifles


UK Home Office (CAST)

The UK standards are set by the Home Office for the protection of police and government bodies. Adopted by many security and private companies in the UK, the protection covers a full range of threats including handguns (HG), edged weapons like knives (KR), needles, spikes (SP) and rifles (RF). The higher the threat the higher the number, i.e. HG1, HG2 and HG3.



This is the military standard for ballistic protection & armour solutions for military applications.

STANAG 2920: The adoption of standards for ballistic protection levels and testing relates typically to the levels of fragmentation protection that vests offer. The technical details are complicated but the results are identified as a V50 rating in metres or feet per second. VestGuard armour and helmets all have a V50 rating.