FIM-homologated helmets will be mandatory beginning in 2019 for all riders participating in Grand Prix competition—MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. The new rating system will supersede current ECE, JIS, and Snell certifications used by AGV, Arai, Bell, HJC, Shark, Shoei, 6D, and others.

According to the FIM, helmets submitted for certification will undergo "an enhanced and more complete" performance evaluation. This reportedly includes assessing protection for various low-, medium-, and high-speed impacts, as well as penetration.

An FIM homologation label featuring a QR code will allow race organizers to quickly scan, identify, and track every helmet used in competition. Further, a hologram is intended to add a higher level of security to the label as well as create greater trust in the new certification process.

FIM helmet certification
Helmet hologram: MotoGP's Grand Prix commission has approved a new FIM helmet certification that will replace current international standards. The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) governs international motorcycle racing as well as various non-sporting activities.Courtesy of FIM

“This is a true example of technology at the service of sport and safety,” FIM Sports Director Fabio Muner explained. “We are very proud that this program’s launch is under way and that the industry and the whole racing community have welcomed these changes.”

When the racing homologation program was announced in October of 2017, FIM President Vito Ippolito said, “The FIM is hopeful the new testing protocol will serve as an inspiration for disciplines other than circuit racing and cascade to international standards for road use.”

Founded in 1904 and based in Switzerland, the FIM is expected to soon issue—possibly at the MotoGP season finale on November 16-18 in Valencia, Spain—a complete list of helmet manufacturers that have already been approved through the program as well as those working toward earning the new certification.