EN 388—remember that term. It’s the European standard that evaluates mechanical risks for hand protection and the standard is similar to ANSI/ISEA 105 in the United States. Gloves with a EN 388 rating are third-party tested and rated for abrasion, cut, tear and puncture resistance.
The important news is that this EN 388 standard was upgraded on November 4, 2016, and it is now in the process of being ratified by each member country. All glove manufacturers selling gloves in Europe are required to conform within two years. However, a lot of manufacturers are already complying to the new standard, and PIP expects to be in full compliance by the end of 2017. All PIP products with the EN 388 shield printed on them will be updated as the new norm becomes ratified by each country and new production orders are placed.
Here is a link to more information about EN 388, offered by Protective Industrial Products.