It looks like the new CEN certification won't come into place till well into the year, possibly 6 months from now. This means it will probably be too late for those of you looking for a new paraglider for this year.
So what is the CEN certification, well basically it's the combination of the DVH and ACPUL/SHV certifications. All though not completed it looks like there will be 26 separate tests, some totally new, and 4 classes of solo glider, A to D, with A being the most stable. Hopefully this new certification will reduce the confusion with glides have different ratings at present, but time will see and remember it doesn't matter how safe the glider is pilots can still crash them.
Reported on 04/01/2001 by Marcus King