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Where can I find information about whether my body armor has been recalled or has safety issues?

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Compliance Testing Program (CTP) issues Advisory Notices when the CTP has concerns about a body armor model identified in the Advisory Notice, and Safety Notices when the CTP has identified a safety concern with a model of armor listed in the Safety Notice. Models identified in an Advisory Notice are temporarily suspended from the Compliant Products List until the issue can be resolved. Models listed in a Safety Notice are removed from the Compliant Products List.

Visit the NIJ CTP Advisory and Safety Notices main page to learn more about these notices, and contact the CTP at 919-485-2717 or by email at [email protected] for specific questions or concerns.

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What is the "NIJ Mark"?

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Mark is an officially registered trademark of the U.S. Government (United States Patent & Trademark Office [USPTO] Registration # 5,906,126) that manufacturers of ballistic-resistant body armor models tested through the NIJ Compliance Testing Program (CTP) and found to comply with the requirements of the NIJ Standard can place on the label of production units of their armor.

The NIJ Mark is intended to provide purchasers of body armor with confidence that the products they are purchasing that bear the NIJ Mark have been independently tested, comply with applicable standards, and meet minimum performance requirements. To learn more about the NIJ Mark, see the NIJ Mark page on the Criminal Justice Testing & Evaluation Consortium website

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I am a manufacturer of body armor or other equipment, and I would like to know how I can get my products tested to National Institute of Justice Standards?

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), which controls strategy, policy, and decisions about certification and evaluation, operates the Compliance Testing Program (CTP).

NIJ has tasked its Criminal Justice Testing and Evaluation Consortium (CJTEC) with administering the NIJ CTP. Currently, the NIJ CTP operates programs to evaluate the following types of equipment in accordance with the requirements of NIJ standards:

If you have questions or need additional information, you can contact NIJ CTP staff by phone at 919-485-2717, or by email at [email protected].

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Where can I find information about how to select, purchase, and care for body armor?

The PoliceArmor.org website, jointly developed by the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance and operated by the Criminal Justice Testing & Evaluation Consortium, has information and resources on the selection, purchasing, and care of ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor. The site also has a section on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) that may be helpful.

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