UIAA Safety Standards

The UIAA began creating safety standards in 1960 with the testing of ropes. It has since developed standards for over twenty types of safety equipment, including helmets, harnesses and crampons. The UIAA collaborates with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, for the harmonization of standards. In some cases, the UIAA asks for additional tests making the standard stricter than the CEN. Thus, the UIAA standards may differ slightly from CEN standards.

UIAA Safety Label

Using equipment tested to the UIAA standards is recommended by the UIAA for all climbers and mountaineers worldwide. Climbing gear which successfully meets UIAA standards is attributed a UIAA Safety Label. This iconic symbol on a piece of mountaineering or climbing equipment attests it to be of the highest international standards for safety.

UIAA Safety Standards

The UIAA began creating safety standards in 1960 with the testing of ropes. It has since developed standards for over twenty types of safety equipment, including helmets, harnesses and crampons.

The UIAA collaborates with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, for the harmonization of standards. In some cases, the UIAA asks for additional tests making the standard stricter than the CEN. Thus, the UIAA standards may differ slightly from CEN standards.

List of UIAA Standards

UIAA Safety Standards are regularly revised and updated by the UIAA Safety Commission to ensure they meet ever-changing nature and demands of the market and climbing and mountaineering world. The Commission constantly reviews mountaineering and climbing accidents to determine if the standards are at a high enough level. Standards are not only revised, brand new standards are frequently introduced.

All the latest UIAA Safety Standards (as of November 2021) can be downloaded from the following link.

Accessory Cord
UIAA 102

Tape
(v3, February 2018)

Tape
UIAA 103

Tape
(v3, February 2018)

Slings
UIAA 104

Slings
(v3, February 2018)

Harnesses
UIAA 105

Harnesses
(v4, February 2018)

Helmets
UIAA 106

Helmets
(v3, February 2018)

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Low Stretch Ropes
UIAA 107

Low Stretch Ropes
(v4, February 2018)

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Belay Lanyard
UIAA 109

Belay Lanyard
(v8, June 2018)

Connectors/Karabiners
UIAA 121

Connectors
(v4, February 2018)

Pitons
UIAA 122

Pitons
(v3, February 2018)

Energy Absorbing Systems
UIAA 128

Energy Absorbing Systems
(v3, March 2018)

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Braking Device
UIAA 129

Braking Device
(v9, February 2018)

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Load Sharing Devices
UIAA 130

Load Sharing Devices
(v1, June 2021)

Ice Anchors
UIAA 151

Ice Anchors
(v3, February 2018)

Ice Tools
UIAA 152

Ice Tools
(v5, February 2018)

Crampons
UIAA 153

Crampons
(v3, February 2018)

Snow Anchors
UIAA 154

Snow Anchors
(v4, February 2018)

Snow Pickets
UIAA 155

Snow Pickets
(v4, June 2017)

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Avalanche Rescue Shovels
UIAA 156

 Avalanche Rescue Shovels
(v2, June 2018)

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Avalanche Rescue Probes
UIAA 157

Avalanche Rescue Probes
(v1, May 2021)

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Crash Pads
UIAA 161

Crash Pads
(v5, February 2018)

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