PMI is a company you can trust because we value the third party testing that holds our products to the highest standards for safety. Below is a brief description of the types of standards and testing organizations we use for our dynamic ropes so that you can be confident in the quality of your rope.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization that develops voluntary International Standards. Quality is of prime importance at PMI. As an ISO 9001 Registered Company, independent third party auditors regularly inspect and evaluate our quality systems for rope manufacturing. In addition, we maintain an in-house testing laboratory to help ensure that you can rely on the quality and consistency of our products.
The UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) Safety Commission develops and maintains safety standards for climbing equipment. UIAA markings mean that an item has been tested by a UIAA certified test laboratory and been approved for use in mountaineering.
European Standards (EN’s or European Norms) are documents that have been ratified by one of the three European Standardization Organizations, CEN, CENELEC or ETSI. For example, our dynamic ropes are tested to meet the EN 892 standard for Mountaineering Equipment. This European Standard specifies safety requirements and test methods for dynamic ropes (Single, Half, and Twin ropes) of kernmantle construction for use in mountaineering including climbing.
The CE marking is required for many products in multiple industries. It states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market and meets EU (European Union) safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. CE certifications also mean that an item has met the requirements the manufacturer has set for the product. Therefore products with only this mark have not necessarily been assessed to the same standards as those with EN and UIAA numbers.