What are European Standards and why do we care here in the US?
The European Committee for Standardization or Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN), is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment by providing an efficient infrastructure to interested parties for the development, maintenance and distribution of coherent sets of standards and specifications. Wikipedia
Entre Prises is always pushing to surpass safety concerns and issues within the industry. We are not required to have private testing done, but feel it is a commitment to our customers that we provide the best possible products available. There are two main EN standards that we comply with for climbing wall hand holds:
EN 12572-3: Polyester (PE) hand holds are manufactured to this standard approved by the German Inspection Authority TUV. Entre Prises is the first bolt-on hold manufacturer to be certified by the TUV. EP hand holds have been subjected to systematic rupture tests, resistance and safety tests as well as applied forces and freezing / defrosting cycles to meet this standard.
EN.1176.1: These sets, in addition to the above standard, meet the standard for children 2 years old and up. Look for this symbol to find special sets for kids and playgrounds.