After huge efforts from all major stakeholders, the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets (FRHP) has come into force for Grand Prix and Superbike racing as of 3rd June 2019. This marks an extremely important moment for the FRHP as the first meeting regarding this programme took place almost 3 years ago, in July 2016.
From the outset the aim of the programme has been to improve the riders’ head protection and to respond to the need for a more objective evaluation of the safety performance of protective helmet systems for racing. The FRHP has been established, with the collaboration of the helmet manufacturers, in order to define a new test standard that goes above and beyond the existing standards. In addition to Grand Prix and Superbike racing adopting these new standards with immediate effect, it will be mandatory for all circuit racing championships to adhere to the new FIM homologation process from the beginning of the 2020 season.
Initial focuses for the FRHP have been on circuit racing, however the FIM already has plans to extend this programme into off road disciplines over the coming years. For full details of the programme and a comprehensive list of homologated helmets head to http://www.frhp.org/
Speaking on the FRHP implementation, FIM President Jorge Viegas said, “Bringing the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets into force represents a major milestone for this project, with the FIM having invested a large amount of work alongside the helmet manufacturers, our promoters, plus other recognised associations and key representatives from the industry over the last three years to arrive at this historic moment. As we have made clear, safety and in particular, rider safety is one of the main pillars of the FIM moving forward, therefore it is important that we can reinforce this message with actual and real commitment by bringing the FRHP into action.”