Why is conformity important, product safety and liability are the most pertinent reasons for having good clear product conformity through standards legislation, development and implementation of safety standards contributes to the reduction of accident rates, and raises awareness of safety features and good practice throughout the manufacture of bathrooms.
Because standards reflect the current state of technology, they can help businesses reduce their liability risk. Standards are of great use to government in drawing up legislation, and are often referenced in legal cases.
Schedule 2 Paragraph 2 (1) of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, Scottish Water Byelaws 2004 & the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009. Controls materials used in supply of water to prevent contamination of supply of water. This states that materials used in products must not contaminate the supply and it is important that the materials used are compliant . Non metallic materials must satisfy the requirements of BS 6920:2000 Parts 1 and 2, together with Part 3 for hot water usage. “Suitability of non-metallic products for use in contact with water intended for human consumption with regard to their effect on the quality of water.
Metallic materials must be made to be complaint under the Drinking Water Directive and sets the parameters allowable for contamination of materials used in water fittings, it is the manufacturers responsibility to ensure that materials are compliant to these requirements.
The key standards for the Bathroom Sector are based around tests for functional requirements. This then ensures our product meets the EU Construction Products Regulation, and UK Regulation and can legitimately carry the CE mark or a third party approval mark. All products must be tested and prove that they conform and surpass these standards.
This is critical legislation, for retailers, housebuilders, merchants and specifiers to be aware of. Manufacturers have the responsibility to ensure their products conform to the standard, but the final reseller of the products (retailers, housebuilders, merchants) also have a legal responsibility to ensure the products they stock, or are specifying, also conform to the Standard.
However, there are still many non-compliant products out there and there are huge consequences for the seller of the non-compliant product. Large fines and imprisonment can be the ultimate result for knowingly selling non-conforming products, so it is strongly urged that all retailers and merchants ask the right questions around CE marking to all their suppliers.
Trading standards are the enforcement body for England, Wales and Scotland. The Environmental Health Authority covers Northern Ireland. They have been tasked with appropriate Market surveillance. The ultimate enforcement authority across the UK is the Secretary of State. Any non-compliance will be transmitted across Europe. Failure to comply with any aspect of the Construction Products Regulation can lead to; enforcement of appropriate corrective actions to manufacturer or supplier, recall or withdrawal of product from the market, Pan European communication of the above and fines start from £5,000 per incident or up to 3 months imprisonment. Fines apply to the final reseller or manufacturer as appropriate in each caseFrequently Asked Questions