Certification is a process attesting to the conformity of PPE to the applicable essential health and safety requirements established in Annex II to  Regulation EU 2016/425of the European Parliament and the Council of 9 March 2016, abrogating Directive 89/686/EEC of the Council.

Requirements are verified by conducting tests on PPE and checking the technical documentation: technical file and information for use, in accordance with the requirements of Annex V to Regulation (EU) 2016/425. If the assessment of conformity is passed, CIMAC issues an EU Type-examination Certificate (Module B).

In the case of Category III PPE, the Manufacturer must then perform one of the following procedures:

  1. conformity to type based on internal production control plus supervised product checks at random intervals (Module C2) under the requirements of Annex VII to Regulation (EU) 2016/425;
  2. conformity to type based on guaranteed quality of the production process (Module D) in accordance with the requirements of Annex VIII to Regulation (EU) 2016/425.


Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2016/425 defines three categories of risk against which PPE is intended to protect users.

Category I PPE: protects against minimal risks of slight entity, such as contact with non-aggressive cleaning products or prolonged contact with water. Assessment of conformity by a Notified Body is not required.

Category II PPE: protects against risks other than those listed in categories I and III. An EU Type-examination certificate (Module B) issued by a Notified Body is required.

Category III PPE: protects against risks that may cause very serious consequences such as death or irreversible damage to health. Assessment of conformity in an EU Type-examination certificate (Module B) issued by a Notified Body is required, and the Manufacturer must perform one of the following control procedures: Module C2 or Module D.



CIMAC assesses EU conformity of the following PPE:

Category II PPE

EN ISO 20345: Safety footwear
EN ISO 20346: Protective footwear
EN ISO 20347: Occupational Footwear
EN 13634: Protective footwear for motorcycle riders                                                                            EN 420: Protective gloves – general requirements
EN 388: Protective gloves against mechanical risks
EN 511: Protective gloves against cold
EN 13594: Protective gloves for motorcycle riders                                                                                      EN 12477: Protective gloves for welders

Category III PPE  

EN ISO 20349-1: Footwear protecting against risks in foundries
EN ISO 20349-2: Footwear protecting against risks in welding
EN 15090: Footwear for Fire-fighters
EN ISO 17249: Safety footwear with resistance to chainsaw cutting
EN 13832-2: Footwear protecting against chemicals – Part 2: Requirements for limited contact with chemicals
EN 13832-3: Footwear protecting against chemicals – Part 3: Requirements for prolonged contact with chemicals
EN 50321-1: Footwear for electrical protection – Insulating footwear and overboots
EN ISO 374-1: Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms
EN ISO 374-5: Protective gloves against viruses, bacteria and fungi
EN 659: Protective gloves for fire-fighters
EN 407: Protective gloves against thermal risks (heat and/or fire)


Consult or download the CIMAC Regulations for assessment of conformity of Personal Protective Equipment for the feet, legs, hands and arms under Regulation (EU) 2016/425.

Download CIMAC Regulation  REG01

Find out more about what ACCREDIA accreditation means here.

Find out about the harmonised standards permitting presumption of conformity with Regulation (EU) 2016/425 published in the Official Journal of the European Union  here.

For information on the validity of certificates issued by CIMAC, send an e-mail to:

To send CIMAC a complaint, appeal or report, use  form M33 and send by e-mail to:

For information on how the Certifying Body obtains financial support, send an e-mail to

For information on the price of certification services, send an e-mail to

To find out about fines applicable to violation of Regulation (EU) 2016/425, download Legislative Decree no. 17 of 19 February 2019