8 October 2019

Upgrade of FIBA facilities manual. Kiwa is accredited

The international basketball federation (FIBA) has requested Kiwa and other test institutes to join forces and create an upgraded version of the FIBA Handbook of test methods and requirements. The cooperation with the International Governing Body for Basketball and the test institutes resulted in a new set of requirements and test methods. From January 2021 preferred suppliers of FIBA are obliged to have their products, that will be used during official FIBA competition games, certified by a recognized test laboratory like Kiwa.

Accreditation FIBA

The accreditation by FIBA allows Kiwa to test the following components: flooring systems, finishes, stickers, backstop units, score and video boards, court lighting, seating systems and replay systems. Preferred FIBA suppliers will have to certify their products with the help of a test institute like Kiwa and show FIBA, their customers and the basketball community the quality, durability and safety of their products.


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Testing/Certification

Kiwa is ISO 17025 accredited and is looking forward to help preferred FIBA suppliers with the process of certifying their products. Gert-Jan Kieft, manager Laboratory and International at Kiwa: “I am sure the new test methods and requirements will have a positive impact on basketball venues worldwide, all in the benefit of fair competition and a fantastic game.”

Sander van der Holst from Kiwa and former international basketball player is also very excited with the latest developments. “It is a very good feeling, to be able to help the sport of basketball progress and create a high and consistent quality for the players”.

Leading in testing sports facilities

Kiwa is leading in testing sports facilities. We have an independent and professional center of expertise in testing sports facilities and are always striving for high quality, durable and safe sports accommodations. Besides the accreditation by FIBA we also offer possibilities in testing artificial grass sports systems for e.g. FIFA, FIH, World Rugby, IAAF or ITF.

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