6th January 2020
Update on WRAS approvals for existing WC, cistern and inlet valve approvals following interim agreement.
WRAS Approvals is a voluntary approval scheme, which aims to help water fittings/water using appliance manufacturers demonstrate compliance with the water fittings regulations.
WRAS Approvals must take the views of the water companies, the enforcers of the water fittings regulations, and regulators into account for the purposes of the WRAS Approvals scheme.
In response to the publication of the water companies’ clarifications in March 2019, WRAS Approvals reviewed its acceptance criteria for approvals to be granted in respect of WCs, cisterns and inlets valves.
On 19th December 2019 WRAS approvals received notification that Defra has announced that it is content with a voluntary interim agreement, proposed by the BMA and water companies, regarding the backflow protection arrangements in newly installed WCs. The agreement comes into force on 1st January 2020 for a period of six months. (click to view)
WRAS approvals will review the impact of this interim agreement on the approach being taken for new approvals and the assessment and description of existing approvals.
When this review is complete approval holders will be notified and WRAS approvals will publish any changes on the WRAS website. Until that time no changes will be made to existing approvals. WRAS approvals anticipates that the review will be completed in January 2020.This will not affect applications for new approvals, but approval holders should be aware that there may be future changes to how these types of approvals may be listed and described.