ACCC Alert – COVID-19: Supplying and installing bidet products

See below notice from the ABCB.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has seen an increase in the purchase by those performing do it yourself tasks, of plumbing products such as toilet seat bidet douches, handheld bidet sprays and trigger sprays, and other bidet type products that are connected to toilet water supplies.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has just published an alert, COVID-19: Supplying and installing bidet products on the Product Safety Australia website: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/covid-19-supplying-and-installing-bidet-products.

The ACCC has prepared the alert for suppliers and consumers in consultation with the ABCB.

The key message of the communique is that the installation of bidet products connected to the drinking water supply must be undertaken by a licensed plumber and hold WaterMark certification. The alert will also be posted on the ABCB website.

If you have any questions, please direct them to me.

Kind regards

Anne-Maree Campbell
Director – WaterMark NCC Management and Product Certification
Australian Building Codes Board

Important Notice – AS/NZS 4130 Polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applications – January 2020 (update)

This is a follow up to post https://certmark.org/articles/2020/03/important-notice-as-nzs-4130-polyethylene-pe-pipes-for-pressure-applications-january-2020/

The WSAA Codes and Appraisals Group have met and included within their Agenda was a joint meeting with Mark Heathcote from PIPA to discuss the status and feedback relating to the recently introduced WSAA specification amendments to BRT procedures for AS/NZS 4130 PE pipe production. 

The outcome was that WSAA’s specifications were amended to extend the maximum frequency for OIT testing from 12 hours to 24 hours.

The revised Clause in WS PS 207 and WS PS 215 is now:

Clause 2 (c)

The manufacturer’s quality plan shall include within their  batch release test procedures a thermal stability test to ISO 11357-6 to be completed on a sample taken from the inside surface of the first pipe manufactured in a batch of a particular DN and PN and at an ongoing frequency not exceeding 24 hours of production for that pipe batch or when a new raw material compound is introduced.

Updated versions of the specifications can be accessed at: https://www.wsaa.asn.au/shop/product/35716    

Important Notice – AS/NZS 4130 Polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applications – January 2020

Prompted by a major PE pipeline failure in January 2019 the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), in consultation with The Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA), has undertaken a review of its Product Specifications for Polyethylene pipe.   

WSAA considers that the requirements for recyclate and the current batch definition and Batch Report Testing requirements within AS/NZS 4130 need to be amended and will ensure a review of the Standard is undertaken through the Standards Australia process. 

In the interim the following Clauses have been inserted into WSA PS 207 and WSA PS 215. These specifications are available at: https://www.wsaa.asn.au/shop/product/35716.

Clause 2 (b)

The use of recyclate in pipe other than a manufacturer’s own clean in-house production for which full batch traceability is maintained, is expressly prohibited

Clause 2 (c)

The manufacturer’s quality plan shall include within their  batch release test procedures a thermal stability test to ISO 11357-6 to be completed on a sample taken from the inside surface of the first pipe manufactured in a batch of a particular DN and PN and at an ongoing frequency not exceeding 12 hours of production for that pipe batch or when a new raw material compound is introduced.

Note the following update has since been released;

WaterMark Enhanced Scheme

WaterMark

It is great pleasure that we can announce that the review into the WaterMark Scheme has concluded with consolidated Scheme Rules to be known as the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme.
This Manual will come in affect from the 1st of August 2017.

 

A Notice of Direction called ‘Improved WaterMark Certification Scheme Transition Arrangements’ has been released from the ABCB with key information pertaining to the transition requirements.

 

All new WaterMark Certifications will be issued to the Enhanced Scheme. All current WaterMark Certifications will be transitioned over the to the Enhanced Scheme in line with the transition requirements.

 

Please note significant changes have been made which affect all current certifications, specifically pertaining to surveillance (annual and reaccreditation) to include market sampling, as well as requirements for the potential to undertake product retesting during the course of the certification.

 

It is important to note that whilst the Enhanced Scheme is still WaterMark, all WaterMark Clients will be requested to enter into new agreements and go through additional stages to conform to the new requirements of the Scheme.

 

Your Client Liaison Officer will be in touch to highlight any and all requirements that are relevant to you in due course.

 

In the interim, it is advised to take some time to read through the new Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme and the other documentation provided by the ABCB stipulating to the enhanced scheme.

 

If there is anything further we can clarify, please contact your Client Liaison Officer.

 

WaterMark Updated Schedules

WaterMark

Updated Schedules

Please be advised the WaterMark Schedule of Specifications and the WaterMark Schedule of Products have been updated.

Note the Schedule of Products replaces the Schedule of Specifications from 1 July 2017.

Changes to both Schedules include:

  • listing of the recently adopted AS 4032.4 Thermostatically controlled taps for the control of heated water supply temperatures
  • removal of AS 1646.1, AS 1646.2 and AS 1646.3 (2000). These standards were incorrectly referenced as they have been superseded by AS 1646:2007.
    Note AS 1646.4:2005 will be removed from the Schedule and the WaterMark database on 2 September 2017 as advised in Notice of Direction 2015/16.1

Adopted Standards

Amended versions (2017) of the following 3 standards have been adopted into the WaterMark scheme and listed on the WaterMark database (WMPD).

As outlined in Notice of Direction 2015/16.1 the superseded versions of these standards will remain on WMPD for one year to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the current version.

  • AS/NZS 1260 – PVC-U pipes and fittings for drain, waste and vent applications
  • AS/NZS 4441 – Oriented PVC (PVC-O) pipes for pressure applications (ISO 16422:2014, MOD)
  • AS/NZS 4765 – Modified PVC (PVC-M) pipes for pressure applications.

Database Licence Summary

Due to privacy concerns the listing of Approved User phone and email details has been removed from the Licence Summary report available from the public user WaterMark database.
This information will now only be viewable via the WMCAB and ABCB WaterMark database Administration Portals.

Improved WaterMark Product Database has been launched.

WaterMark

ABCB has notified CMI this morning to advise that the improved WaterMark Product Database has been launched.

The public user version of the database is accessible from the existing location on the ABCB website at http://www.abcb.gov.au/Product-Certification/WaterMark-Certification-Scheme/WMPD-Search

For reference, a short video has been published on How to use the public version of the WaterMark Database

Updated Schedule of Products and Exempt Products for WaterMark

WaterMark

These Schedules have been prepared as a result of completion of Stage One of the ABCB project to review products for inclusion in or exclusion from the improved Scheme.

The Schedules have been published in advance of implementation of the improved Scheme on 1 July 2017 to enable stakeholders to commence transition.

From 1 July 2017, any products whose inclusion/exclusion status has changed must be certified or may have certification terminated within a period of 2 years.

In addition, any or new or innovative products not listed in either Schedule must undergo a full risk assessment to determine inclusion in or exclusion from the improved Scheme.

These changes Can be found at WaterMark Schedule of Products and the WaterMark Schedule of Excluded Products.

ABRB – Issue 18 Released

The ABRB is one of the ABCB’s key mechanisms for delivering and raising awareness of technically based information directly relevant to the building and plumbing industry and the community. This electronic publication provides a means for delivering information on code-related issues that address specific technical matters, contains information on broader building and plumbing regulations, and provides for expert opinions on significant technical and regulatory topics.

The ABRB is produced three times each year and is an information service to users of the NCC.

This is the August 2016 edition.

Visit the ABCB website for the PDF Download