We at MDS Leisure can test any inflatable device used for sports or play purposes, if an inflatable falls within the remit of BS/EN 14960 it will be tested under the PIPA scheme, this is the only test scheme endorsed by the HSE and as such is the only test that ticks all of the boxes!

Inflatables that fall outside of this scheme can also be tested by us, with many years in the industry manufacturing, testing and repairing every inflatable you can imagine.

The HSE under PUWER regulations expect all work equipment to be tested by  a competant person during an annual inspection, this could be sports inflatables or games such as Tug of war, gladiator,pilow bash, air landing mats etc

What is 'Pipa'?

Pertexa Inflatable Play Accreditation (P.I.P.A)



Inflatable Play Inspection

RPII Inflatable Play Inspection Information

In conjunction with the organisations listed next, the Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) provides the competence level within a scheme known as Pertexa Inflatable Play Accreditation (P.I.P.A), whereby inflatable play equipment is inspected and tested for compliance with the HSE guidelines as detailed in BSEN14960:2006

Since mid-September 2004, every inflatable manufactured or imported into the UK should have a uniquely numbered tag. This tag means that it has been tested against stringent standards and has passed this initial test. In addition, inflatables are required to undergo an annual test, similar to an MOT. Untagged units will be tagged as and when they are presented for annual testing. This means that if you are hiring or buying an inflatable you should be able to look for and find the tag number on the unit.

If there is no tag then it has not been tested under the PIPA scheme.

Tagging and testing for Bouncy Castles and other inflatable play

All inflatable play equipment that falls within the scope of the PIPA scheme should carry a PIPA tag and be listed in the database behind this site

DON'T RISK YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY, use only equipment with a current PIPA certificate.

The PIPA scheme is supported by the whole industry and was developed in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive.


A PIPA tag means equipment is:
  • Designed to a recognised standard based on safety
  • Tested by a nationally qualified inspector
  • Approved for commercial use
The PIPA scheme delivers:
  • Improved safety for your children
  • HSE recognised best practice
  • Quality assurance
  • Certified initial test
  • Certified annual testing


 PIPA has the support of:

  • All the industry associations
  • The Health and Safety Executive
  • Local authorities



Inflatable play is normally a very safe and good way for children to exercise whilst having fun.

The three elements that make for a safe inflatable play environment are:

  • Properly manufactured and maintained equipment.
  • Correct operation (pressure, siting, anchorage etc.) of the equipment.
  • Supervision