Standardisation

Common Relevance, Tasks and Intention of Standardisation

Standardisation stands for cost reduction! Research and developement relies on general conditions. Standards are the contractual basis and the link between clients, companies and distributors. Tasks of Standardisation are reduction of trade barriers and creation of similar conditions for everyone. Intention is the harmonisation of national standards and impleme ntation of european and international standards.

    1. European Acceptance Scheme for water pipes, taps and fittings
    2. International Organisations
    3. National Organisations

 

European Acceptance Scheme for water pipes, taps and fittings

Construction products such as pipes, fittings, taps and meters that are in contact with drinking water are covered by the Construction Products Directive (89/106/EC). Even so, manufacturers still face a variety of different national regulations. These result in significant regulatory trade barriers when they try to sell their wares across the Union. At the same time, these products must allow the drinking water distributed by the supply networks to satisfy the quality requirements of the Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC).
The European Commission is working closely with national authorities to establish a common European regulatory approach for construction products in contact with drinking water. This is designed to achieve a single market for these items by abolishing trade barriers. An interim report from the Member States’ regulators has already been published for public consultation.
An extensive research programme is now under way to solve some of the unanswered questions and secure a convergence of views among national regulators. The project is being carried out by 15 experienced laboratories in 10 Member States and coordinated by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre. more
Contact: Georgios Katsarakis, construction@cec.eu.int.

….. The Future is CE

  • hEN 15015 Plastics piping systems – Systems for hot and cold water not intended for human consumption – Performance characteristicsfor pipes, fittings and their joints

Source: CODE-Consulting

International Organisations

www.iso.ch

ISO – International Organization for Standardization

www.iec.ch

IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission

www.cenorm.be

CEN – European Comitee for Standardization

www.cibworld.nl

CIB – International Council for Research and Innovation in Building + Constrution

www.teppfa.com

European Plastic Pipes and Fitting Association

(Source: AENOR)

National Organisations

Canada

www.scc.ca

SCC – Standards Council of Canada

Denmark

www.ds.dk

DS – Dansk Standard

Finland

www.sfs.fi

SFS – Finnish Standards Association

France

www.afnor.fr

AFNOR – Association française de normalisation

Germany

www.din.de

DIN – Deutsches Institut für Normung

Germany

www.skz.de

Süddeutsches Kunststoff Zentrum

Greece

www.elit.gr

ELOT – Hellenic Organization for Standarization

Ireland

NSAI – National Standards Authority of Ireland

Iceland

www.stri.is

STRI – Icelandic Council for Standardization

Italy

UNI – Ente Nazionale Italiano di Unificazione

Norway

www.standard.no

NFS – Norges Standardiseringsforbund

Portugal

www.ipq.pt

IPQ – Instituto Português da Qualidade

Spain

www.aec.es

Asociación Española de la Calidad

Spain

www.aenor.es

Asociación española de Normalización y Certificación

Spain

www.anaip.es

Confederación Española de Empresarios de Plásticos

Sweden

www.sis.se

SIS – Standardiseringen i Sverige

United Kingdom

www.bsi.org.uk

BSI – British Standards Institution

USA

www.ansi.org

ANSI – American National Standards Institute

(Source: AENOR)

European Acceptance Scheme for water pipes, taps and fittings
(Interim report of the RG-CPDW (November 2001)

Construction products such as pipes, fittings, taps and meters that are in contact with drinking water are covered by the Construction Products Directive (89/106/EC). Even so, manufacturers still face a variety of different national regulations. These result in significant regulatory trade barriers when they try to sell their wares across the Union. At the same time, these products must allow the drinking water distributed by the supply networks to satisfy the quality requirements of the Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC).

The European Commission is working closely with national authorities to establish a common European regulatory approach for construction products in contact with drinking water. This is designed to achieve a single market for these items by abolishing trade barriers. An interim report from the Member States’ regulators has already been published for public consultation. An extensive research programme is now under way to solve some of the unanswered questions and secure a convergence of views among national regulators. The project is being carried out by 15 experiencedlaboratories in 10 Member States and coordinated by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Its aim is to explore the feasibility of a European approach on four important issues: enhancement of microbial growth, cytotoxicity, detection of unsuspected substances and the effects of chlorination. The Commission has already addressed an extensive mandate to CEN to draw up appropriate European testing methods and the harmonised product standards that should create a single market for these items. A large number of CEN technical committees are now working on the task.

In May 2002, the Commission published a decision on the level of attestation of conformity for construction products in contact with drinking water (2002/359/EC in OJ L 127 of 14.5.2002). This foresees full product certification by an appropriate certifying body with audit testing of samples taken at the factory, on the market or on the construction site. By complying with a harmonised European standard and a single attestation of conformity procedure, manufacturers will be able to sell their CE marked products throughout the Union without any additional regulatory requirements and at a significantly lower approval cost than today. At the same time these products will enable the drinking water from consumers’ taps to comply with the high quality requirements stipulated in the Drinking Water Directive.
Contact: GEORGIOS KATSARAKIS, construction@cec.eu.int, http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/construction/internal/essreq/eas/easrep.htm.

Glossary (EAS on Paper)

AoC Attestation of Conformity; refers to the CPD system for attesting the conformity of construction products
to European technical specifications
CEN Comité Européen de Normalisation (European Committee for Standardisation)
CE-EAS CE mark that will be used to indicate compliance with the EAS
CPD Construction Product Directive (Directive 89/106/EEC)
CPDW Construction Products in contact with Drinking Water
CSTEE Comité Scientifique de Toxicologie, Ecotoxicologie et l’Environnement (European Scientific Committee
on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and Environment)
DG Directorate General of European Commission
DWD Drinking Water Directive (Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption)
EAS European Acceptance Scheme for construction products in contact with drinking water
EAS CL Composition Lists for the European Acceptance Scheme
EAS PL Positive Lists for the European Acceptance Scheme
EC European Commission
EN European Standard
EOTA European Organisation for Technical Approvals
ETA European Technical Approval
EU European Union
GCMS Gas chromatography mass spectrometry –(analytical technique for identifying chemicals in leachates)
GNB Group of Notified Bodies (bodies notified by their respective MS to carry out AoC tasks within the CPD)
hEN harmonised European Standard
MS Member State of the EU
MSRB MS’s Regulatory Body
MTC Maximum Tolerable Concentration
NAS National Acceptance Scheme for construction products in contact with drinking water
NB Notified Body (i.e. certification, inspection or testing bodies)
NCB Notified Certification Body
NIB Notified Inspection Body
NOAEL No observed adverse effect level
NPD No Performance Determined
NSB National Standardisation Body
NTL Notified Testing Laboratory
PSFC Product specific formulation criteria
RAP Reduced assessment product
RGCPDW
Regulators Group on CPDW
SCC Standing Committee on Construction (CPD Article 19)
SCDW Standing Committee on Drinking Water (DWD Article 12)
SCF Scientific Committee on Food
TC Technical Committees of CEN
TDI Tolerable Daily Intake
WHO World Health Organisation