March 27, 2015
The Hockey Equipment Certification Council, Inc. (HECC) is a charitable corporation whose purpose is to reduce injuries in ice hockey. It does this, in part, by selecting standards developed by recognized, scientifically based organizations and then certifying hockey protective equipment, such as helmets and facemasks, to those standards. The testing for certification is performed by an independent, expert, fully accredited testing laboratory. HECC's officers and Board Members do not have any financial interest in the test laboratory.
HECC regularly reviews the standards it has selected. At present it has selected consensus standards developed openly and transparently by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). These standards were selected, in part, because they are developed publicly and allow participation in the process by consumers and the general public as well as manufactures and scientific experts. Meetings are open to the public and input is permitted from all persons and interests.
The Committees that select the standards and which operate HECC represent all stakeholders in hockey. Consumers and General Interest/scientific members constitute 2/3 of the members of the Committees which run HECC. The President of HECC is prohibited by its Constitution from working for a manufacturer. HECC's current President, Alan Ashare, is a physician at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston and is a recognized medical expert on hockey rules and injuries.
HECC is very interested in the work regarding hockey helmets being done by Professor Duma and colleagues at Virginia Tech. HECC will review any publications related to the Virginia Tech STAR ratings for hockey helmets and communicate directly with the researchers to best understand the application / appropriateness of this data and how these new data may potentially be utilized to improve ice hockey head protection for everyone.