Beginning in 1997 FIS set up criteria for timing equipment and phased in the requirement for its Homologation. First was timers followed with Start Gates and Photocells. All homologations were set with a shelf life of 15 years after which, another homologation test would need to be performed or the device would no longer be valid for use at FIS events. Scheduled for expiration in June 2018 was a significant number of photocells and start gates.
In early June of this year, the FIS Timing working group met and decided to extend the expiration of start gates and photocells homologated in 2003. These devices will now expire in 2023 enjoying a 5 year extension.
There has been, and will be, no significant changes in the FIS homologated timing equipment list this year and if your gear was good last winter, you can keep using it for some years to come. The next significant expiration of timing equipment homologations is scheduled occur in June of 2023. Please review the list of homologated timing equipment prior to each season as unexpected changes may occur.