The Bathroom Manufacturers Association designed this tool to help guide all involved in sale of Bathroom Products to ask the right questions to ensure that the products are enjoyed and do not put health or safety of consumers at risk.
In today’s society, it is more and more important that our customers are protected, legislation is in place to help with this from purchase to installation of Bathroom Products to the consumer using their bathroom.
The principal objective of this tool is to aid everybody in the process of manufacturing, distributing and installation of bathrooms to understand their responsibilities for ensuring products are compliant.
The correct questions to ask by the appropriate people at the appropriate stages are key to ensuring that Bathrooms are a safe and healthy environment for families to enjoy and experience. This will ensure that the experience of a new Bathroom should be unspoilt and enjoyed by the end consumer.
Water Fittings and Bathroom products must be of a suitable standard and also must be fit for purpose for the circumstances in which they will be installed.
The government made legislation in March 2019 which came into effect on 1 January 2021 to make arrangements for the regulation of construction products after EU Exit. Bathroom Products such as Baths, WCs, Showers etc must be compliant with the Construction Product Regulations as amended by this SI for UK, and carry the UKCA* mark retailers should ensure that products they sell are compliant.
*Note that UKCA is to be implemented from 1st Jan 2022 a CE mark may be used for products already placed on the market.
If you import the product for the first time into the GB market then there are extra requirements for your name and details to appear on the product. For more advice see here.
Water fittings in contact with water supply have to meet regulations as laid out in the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 in the UK and the Water Byelaws 2014 for Scotland and The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 2009 for Northern Ireland, these regulations also state that water fittings must be of an appropriate standard and be suitable for the circumstances that they are used, as well as being installed correctly by a qualified and competent person.
It is important to check with your supplier/distributor or merchant to provide you with the correct documentation to prove compliance.
If your supplier/retailer or Merchant can’t provide you with the correct documentation then Trading standards as enforcement body for England, Wales and Scotland or the Environmental Health Authority covering Northern Ireland have powers to bring prosecution.
These authorities have been tasked with appropriate Market surveillance.
Enforcement of the Modified Construction Products Regulations 2013 is the responsibility of a local Trading Standards authority across the UK.
Enforcement of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, lies with the Local Water Authority (Water Company) who if unsatisfied with the installation or product conformity may refuse to complete the supply of water to new installations or prosecute.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association can offer advice as a Primary Authority for the Bathroom Industry.
This tool will help guide all involved to ask the right questions to ensure that the products are enjoyed and do not put health at risk.Check your Product