What sports equipment is regulated by legislation?

Decree-Law No. 100/2003 of 23 May regulates the technical and safety conditions to be observed in the design, installation and maintenance of football, handball, hockey and water polo goals, and existing basketball equipment in sports facilities for public use.

The applicable normative documents are:

  • NP EN 748 – Equipment for field games – Football goals – Functional and safety requirements and test methods.
  • NP EN 749 – Equipment for field games – Handball goals – Functional and safety requirements and test methods.
  • NP EN 750 – Equipment for field games – Hockey goals – Functional and safety requirements and test methods.
  • NP EN 1270 – Equipment for field games – Basketball equipment – Functional and safety requirements and test methods.
  • NP EN 13451-7 – Equipment for swimming pools. Part 7 – Safety requirements and specific additional test methods for water polo goals.

These standards establish the technical requirements to be met by sports equipment, and the tests to be performed to such equipment, with particular verification of its resistance to overturning, to slippage and rupture.