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BA 9000 Seeks to Promote Consistency in Body Armor Production

NCJ Number
Becky Lewis
Date Published
October 2014
3 pages
This article provides guidance on how law enforcement agencies can select a body-armor manufacturer that provides consistent quality in its products.

BA 9000 is an application of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 specific to ballistic-resistant body armor manufacturing. Certification to BA 9000 means that an officer can have a higher degree of confidence that armor purchased from a manufacturer who has a BA 9000 accredited manufacturing facility will be constructed and perform similarly to the armor originally tested and found to comply with NIJ Standard 0101.06 and NIJ Compliance Testing Program requirements. This additional confidence in a manufacturer's consistency in quality can reduce the frequency of surveillance inspections of manufacturing locations and the testing of a manufacturer's body armor products.