Springfield, Mo. -- (2/28/2018) The Justice Department released a statement saying multiple media outlets have repeated misleading statements made by companies about "NIJ certification" of their ballistic backpack products.
According to The Department, the only ballistic-resistant product that NIJ certifies is law enforcement body armor that meet the requirements of NIJ’s Compliance Testing Program (CTP), which are then listed on NIJ’s Compliant Products List.
Testing body armor involves a technically rigorous test campaign that must be carried out by one of four laboratories that are accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program and approved by NIJ to participate in the CTP. The protocols and procedures are described in the current NIJ performance standard NIJ Standard 0101.06, Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor.
"The National Institute of Justice—the research, development, and evaluation agency of the Department of Justice—has never tested nor certified ballistic items, such as backpacks, blankets, or briefcases, other than body armor for law enforcement,” said Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley. “Marketing that claims NIJ testing or certification for such products is false."
In addition, NIJ offers many informational resources on law enforcement body armor at policearmor.org.