ISO 12402: International standard for personal flotation devices (lifejackets and buoyancy aids)

The ISO 12402 series for personal flotation devices (lifejackets and buoyancy aids) was prepared by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Technical Committee CEN/TC 162, Protective clothing including hand and arm protection and lifejackets, in collaboration with Technical Committee ISO/TC 188, Small craft, in accordance with the Agreement on technical cooperation between ISO and CEN (Vienna Agreement).

ISO 12402 consists of the following parts, under the general title Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs):

  • Part 2: Lifejackets, performance level 275 — Safety requirements
  • Part 3: Lifejackets, performance level 150 — Safety requirements
  • Part 4: Lifejackets, performance level 100 — Safety requirements
  • Part 5: Buoyancy aids (level 50) — Safety requirements
  • Part 6: Special purpose lifejackets and buoyancy aids — Safety requirements and additional test methods
  • Part 7: Materials and components — Safety requirements and test methods
  • Part 8: Accessories — Safety requirements and test methods
  • Part 9: Test methods

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