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 What is the Department of Justice doing to modify the existing body armor standard and compliance testing program to ensure the performance of used body armor?

  • The Department of Justice is considering input provided by the Body Armor Summit participants and other key stakeholders as well as from research and testing conducted to-date as it reviews the Standard and Compliance Testing Program. Research is being conducted that is aimed at developing an artificial aging protocol that will enable body armor manufacturers to accurately predict the service life of a given armor model. It is also hoped that this research will eventually lead to the development of a nondestructive test method to determine the efficacy of a given unit of armor. NIJ anticipates issuing recommended modifications within the next two months.

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