Ingress Protection

Ingress protection (IP) is designed to assess the degree of protection a product can withstand from body parts, water, foreign objects or particulate intrusion.

Our capabilities for IP testing include:

  • IP1X to IP6X from BS EN 60529:1992 + A2: 2013 and DIN 40 050 part 9
  • IPX1 to IPX8 from BS EN 60529:1992 + A2: 2013
  • IPX1 to IPX9K from DIN 40 050 part 9

IP Codes

The IP codes range from IP0X to IPX9. The first digit ranges from 0 – 6 and the second digit ranges from 0 – 9. The two digits in an IP code are completely independent of each other and some devices only need to be IP rated to one of the two digits.

o IP1X to IP6X – Protection against solid object entry (tools, wire or finger) from live parts, moving machinery through to dust tightness.

The first digit of the IP code indicates the degree of protection from access to hazardous parts by solid foreign objects.

o IPX1 to IPX9k – Protection against dripping water (rain & spray), immersion through to high pressure steam cleaning.

The second digit of the IP code indicates the degree of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against ingress of water.

The table below indicates the IP code severities and covers:

See our accreditation schedule and our full list of capabilities for the more information, or alternatively contact us.

Accreditation Schedule
Capabilities Document