certification mark

Certification mark for impact-absorbing surfacing systems

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Certification mark for impact-absorbing surfacing systems


The certification mark applies to impact-absorbing surfacing systems to provide impact protection at playgrounds. These surfacing systems can be made from various materials, but must always have certain verifiable properties suitable to reduce the risk of injuries in case of a fall. Possible examples include impact-absorbing rubber mats.

Basis of certification:

The certification mark offered by TÜV SÜD is based on the EN 1177 standard. The standard specifies a test method by which the impact attenuation of playground surfacing can be determined. The test gives a critical fall height for surfacing that represents the upper limit of its effectiveness in reducing head injury.

Key words of the certification mark:

  • EN 1177

    The certified products must fulfil the requirements of the EN 1177 standard for “Impact absorbing playground surfacing – determination of critical fall height”. Testing proves that the impact-absorbing materials provide adequate impact attenuation for a pre-defined fall height. In this context a limit of 1000 is used for the HIC (head injury criterion).

  • Safety tested

    The “Safety tested” TÜV SÜD mark is a voluntary product certification mark, indicating that the product was tested and certified by the independent third-party organisation of TÜV SÜD Product Service for conformity with the essential technical safety requirements.

  • Production monitored
    Periodic surveillance of the manufacture of a product constitutes the basic premise for certification that includes the award of a certification mark. Certification always requires product testing and regular factory inspections.

    As a third-party expert organisation, TÜV SÜD Product Service verifies that the manufacturer is able to maintain consistent quality in line with the requirements throughout high-volume production and has established the necessary quality system, including incoming goods inspections, lists of materials and final product testing.

    In addition, calibration of the necessary measuring and monitoring equipment must be ensured. Surveillance and/or monitoring covers the testing of safety-critical components and other materials used. If unauthorised changes are made to the product, the certificate will be withdrawn and the TÜV SÜD certification mark may no longer be used.

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