Sustainability & Regulation Approval # 2004 Milan
After long time of preparation and co-normative research, the new European Acceptance Scheme for Drinking Water quality (EAS) is progressing now very strongly and will become in force as officially expected in 2006. So, besides the legally required CE marking showing the conformity to the Essential Requirements of the CPD, the drinking water products have also to be marked by an EAS mark showing the conformity to the Drinking Water Directive. TEPPFA (The European Plastics Pipes and Fittings Associations) together with EuPC and APME is intensively involved in the preparatory work for such an EAS scheme and participates in the relevant Regulators group, RG-CPDW. The new EAS scheme under preparation will include a number of tests from which all of them are existing partly in only some of the EU countries. This means that many countries in Europe will be confronted with new, mostly more and unknown tests with in some cases very limited experience at higher cost for certification. These tests are the basis of the legal acceptance of a plastic pipe material for drinking water applications and therefor a critical view is needed in the preparatory phase.