WRAS Approvals update on inlet valves, cisterns and water using appliances

10 Feb 2020

On the 6th January 2020, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) announced a new voluntary approval scheme. The Scheme is called “WRAS Approvals” and seeks to assist manufacturers of water fittings or appliances which operate with water to comply with the Water Fittings Regulations.  The new scheme is interim and subject to final agreement.

WRAS Approvals is required to consult with and take into account the views of the enforcement agencies, water companies, and regulators.

Many readers will recall the clarification(s) and responses of the water companies published in March 2019. These responses were reviewed by WRAS Approvals. WRAS Approvals have now published its acceptance criteria for granting approvals to WCs, cisterns and inlets valves.

On 19th December 2019 DEFRA notified WRAS Approvals that it is content with the voluntary interim agreement, regarding the backflow protection arrangements in newly installed WCs. So it was that the agreement came into force on 1st January 2020. The agreement will remain in force for six months. 

The interim agreement will remain under review and new approvals will be considered within that period. On completion of the review, those who hold approvals under the scheme and WRAS will publish any revisions on the WRAS Website. During the period of the six months the interim agreement is in force, the WRAS will not make changes to existing approvals. 

The interim agreement and the review will not impact on new applications. That being said,  approval holders under the interim agreement need to be aware that following the review there may be variations as to how their approvals may be scheduled and described.

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