Safety Standards

The premiere international standards for climbing and mountaineering

Using equipment tested to the UIAA standards is recommended by the UIAA for all climbers and mountaineers worldwide. Material 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.

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Accessory Cord
UIAA 102

Accessory Cord
(February 2018)

Tape
UIAA 103

Tape
(February 2018)

Slings
UIAA 104

Slings
(February 2018)

Harnesses
UIAA 105

Harnesses
(February 2018)

Helmets
UIAA 106

Helmets
(February 2018)

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Low Stretch Ropes
UIAA 107

Low Stretch Ropes
(February 2018)

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Belay Lanyard
UIAA 109

Belay Lanyard
(June 2018)

Connectors/Karabiners
UIAA 121

Connectors
(February 2018)

Pitons
UIAA 122

Pitons
(February 2018)

Rock Anchors
UIAA 123

Rock Anchors
(February 2018)

Chocks
UIAA 124

Chocks
(February 2018)

Frictional Anchors
UIAA 125

Frictional Anchors
(February 2018)

Rope Clamps
UIAA 126

Rope Clamps
(February 2018)

Pulleys
UIAA 127

Pulleys
(February 2018)

Energy Absorbing Systems
UIAA 128

Energy Absorbing Systems
(February 2018)

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Braking Device
UIAA 129

Braking Device
(February 2018)

Ice Anchors
UIAA 151

Ice Anchors
(February 2018)

Ice Tools
UIAA 152

Ice Tools
(February 2018)

Crampons
UIAA 153

Crampons
(February 2018)

Snow Anchors
UIAA 154

Snow Anchors
(February 2018)

Snow Pickets
UIAA 155

Snow Pickets
(November 2015)

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Avalanche Rescue Shovels
UIAA 156

 Avalanche Rescue Shovels
(May 2018)

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Crash Pads
UIAA 161

Crash Pads
(February 2018)

Safety News

  • A REVIEW OF ALL UIAA SPRING MEETINGS IN MALTA

    Expertly hosted by the Malta Climbing Club (MCC) in early May, the UIAA Spring Meetings provided an opportunity for close collaboration between various organs of the UIAA – notably Management Committee, Commissions, Office as well as representative...

  • UIAA ADVICE:
    TEN THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING CLIMBING GEAR

    The following guidelines refer principally to climbing equipment covered by the UIAA Safety Standards. This includes, but is not limited to braking devices, carabiners, crampons, crash pads, harnesses, helmets, ice tools, ropes and slings. The full l...

  • UIAA AND DAV COLLABORATE ON SAFETY VIDEO PROJECT

    The UIAA and the German Alpine Club (DAV) have teamed up to produce a series of ten videos designed to help improve climber’s belay technique. Originally produced by the DAV, the videos have recently been translated into English following colla...

  • UIAA TRAINING SERVICES CONTINUE TO FLOURISH

    One of the UIAA’s core services and direct benefits it offers member associations comes courtesy of its training qualifications and programmes which are both supported by a rich library of practical information. At October 2018’s UIAA General Ass...

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Safety Regulations

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Safety Commission

The UIAA Safety Commission, formed of experts from different UIAA member federations, is responsible for developing the UIAA safety standards and consequently working to help minimise accidents in mountaineering and climbing.

To ensure the highest standards for safety equipment are in place, the Commission constantly reviews mountaineering and climbing accidents to determine if the standards are at a high enough level. The Commission also accredits the laboratories which test the equipment and shares regular advice to climbers and mountaineers advice how to treat their equipment, and how best to use it to avoid accidents.

Safety label holders are also represented within the Commission as trade members.

NEXT UIAA SAFETY COMMISSION MEETING:
LOCATION AND DATE TO BE CONFIRMED, 2019

Safety Commission

As confirmed by the UIAA Management Committee in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (October 2018)

Members

Amit CHOWDHURY, (President), India (IMF)

Lionel KIENER, (Vice President) Switzerland (SAC)

Vittorio BEDOGNI, Italy (CAI)

Kevin BROWN, Canada (ACC)

Per FORSBERG, Sweden (SCF)

Rob FOSTER, UK (BMC)

Alan JARVIS, South Africa (MCSA)

Alexis MALLON, France (FFCAM)

Alexandre VELHINHO, Portugal (FPME)

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Peter MUIR

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