SEI Program Requirements

General Requirements

  • Submit an application for consideration
  • Provide required documentation
  • Send test samples
  • Remit payment as appropriate
  • SEI manages the certification process and issues the requisite certification documentation
  • After the initial certification process, a maintenance process begins. This ensures continued compliance with evolving standards.

For detailed information, download the PDF Program Requirements document.

PDF Program Requirements file contains the following:

SEI Product Certification - Summary of Program Requirements

Application - Initial Stage

    • Submission of signed manufacturer’s agreement, two copies
    • Submission of a copy of product liability insurance policy to demonstrate adequate coverage and inclusion of SEI as an additional insured
    • Product submittal form completed, one per model, including product description. Original to be sent to SEI
    • Test samples to be sent direct to the appropriate test laboratory, accompanied by a copy of the submittal form
    • Payment of the following fees:
      • Application per model (one time fee)
      • Annual participation
      • Product testing
      • Initial quality audit
      • Annual Per Model Certification
    • Upon successful completion of product testing, initial quality audit, confirmation of insurance and payment of fees, a certification letter will be issued by SEI confirming which models may have the SEI logo applied to them and the standard against which they are certified.

Maintenance Stage

    • Surveillance audits to verify continued compliance of the manufacturer’s quality system. Initial frequency of two per year, able to reduce to one per year after three successful visits. (Certification to a NFPA Standard requires two audits per year)
    • Annual selection of samples to represent each certified model, selected during on-site audits and submitted to the SEI laboratory for re-certification testing.
    • Manufacturer’s periodic testing to confirm continued compliance of certified product with the reference standard
    • Notification to SEI of any changes to the product or quality systems. Required actions to be assessed by SEI and notified to the manufacturer.
    • Payment of the following fees:
      • Surveillance audits
      • Annual re-certification product testing
      • Annual participation
      • Annual certification per model

INSPEC International Partnership in the UK and China

SEI has developed a long-term alliance with INSPEC International, located in the UK. INSPEC offers expertise in the certification of personal protective equipment (PPE) and they are authorized to conduct audits on behalf of SEI. Additionally, INSPEC International is an accredited ISO9001 registrar, and an approved body for the PPE directive (CE marking) and the Marine Equipment Directive (the wheelmark within Europe).

The SEI and INSPEC alliance provides SEI Participants with the following benefits:

  • SEI audits can be combined with CE and/or ISO Registration audits, saving you time and money.
  • The SEI and INSPEC alliance provides a world-wide network of authorized auditors. Since an auditor is likely close to your facility, the cost of implementing and maintaining your certification program will be reduced.
  • We can select an auditor to better match the products and certification program you desire to participate in.

For further information about INSPEC International, please visit their website at or download the PDF INSPEC Brochure.


SEI and INSPEC Partnership



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