You can now remove the approval certificate sticker on the outside of your helmet, but you still need to have an internal certificate label or sticker to avoid a fine from a copper who thinks they know the law better than you.
In fact, just in case you are ever stopped by a cop for a non-compliant helmet, we suggest you cut and paste this article and keep it in your smartphone or print it out and leave it in your motorcycle jacket pocket to show them.
“If you can see the remains of the certification mark on an inside label and that the label information was originally there, then there is no problem with determining that, when sold, it was a standards-compliant helmet,” he says.
“If Johnny Copper asserts that a helmet is no longer compliant due to partial illegibility, then that is the same as saying a car is not ADR compliant or defective because the under-bonnet labels have become faded and illegible with age, exposure to rain, mud or atmosphere, wear, normal cleaning, etc.”
ECE 22.05 labels
All those numbers and letters on ECE labels have a meaning.
The number 22 refers to regulation #22 applying to road helmets which has been revised five times; hence it’s 22.05.
A circle with E and a number refers to the country in which the helmet was approved:
E4: the Netherlands
E8: Czech Republic
E11: United Kingdom
The numbers and letters on the next line are divided into three sections.
The first section is the homologation, starting with the revision of ECE approval. It can be 03, 04, or 05 which is the current version. The next five digits are the homologation number.
It is followed by a letter which refers to the type of helmet:
“/J” if the helmet does not have a lower face cover (open or jet)
“/P” if the helmet has a protective lower face cover (full-face)
“/NP” if the helmet has a non-protective lower face cover
Some flip-up or modular helmets have both J and P approval which means they can legally be used with the chin piece raised or lowered.
The last bunch of digits refers to the production serial or batch number.