Submit Equipment for Testing

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Compliance Testing Program (CTP) helps provide confidence that equipment used by law enforcement and corrections professionals meets the requirements established in NIJ Standards and that production models of NIJ-approved equipment are tested and continue to meet those requirements. NIJ sponsors the CTP and JTIC administers the program. It is a voluntary program and is open on a nondiscriminatory basis to all applicants.

Manufacturers who wish to participate in the CTP may take the following steps to apply.

  1. Download the Compliance Testing Program (CTP) Applicant Package (PDF).
  2. Complete and submit Attachment A (Compliance Testing Program Application and Agreement) to CTP.
  3. CTP signs and returns a copy of the CTP agreement.
  4. Complete and submit Attachment B (Ballistic Body Armor Model Application and Body Armor Build Sheet), and model diagram along with relevant mode documentation for each armor model.
  5. Provide CTP with the name of the NIJ-approved test laboratory that will conduct the initial type testing.
  6. CTP will assign individual model test identification numbers and authorize applicant to submit test sample (s) to the selected test laboratory.
  7. Upon completion of type testing, the laboratory will transmit a Compliance Test Report (CTR) to the applicant and CTP.
  8. The test laboratory will forward tested samples/photos/relevant information to CTP.
  9. CTP conducts and evaluation of CTR and test samples.
  10. If necessary, applicant corrects noncompliance with previously submitted documentation.
  11. Applicant submits a signed Attachment C (Declaration of Ballistic Body Armor) form for each model and a completed and signed Attachment D (Conformity Assessment Follow-up Form Agreement) and a sample production label for Listed Company associated with the model.
  12. CTP reviews and submits a recommendation for compliance status to NIJ for review.
  13. NIJ renders a decision on compliance status.
  14. If compliance status is not granted, applicant may file an appeal.
  15. If compliance status is granted, applicant is issued an NIJ Notice of Compliance letter for each compliant model.
  16. Applicant information and approved model (s) are added to the NIJ Compliance Products List.
  17. The NIJ Compliant Products List is posted in our Compliance section.
  18. Compliant applicant models are entered the CTP conformity assessment follow-up process.

Questions?  Contact: Tate Groghan or Alex Sundstrom  Phone: (800) 248-2742.
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