Notice of Direction 2018/6.0

Please see below Notice of Direction from the ABCB


Transition to AS/NZS 4020:2018

Intent

The intent of this notice is to provide direction to WaterMark Certification Scheme stakeholders on compliance with the requirements of AS/NZS 4020:2018.

Background

This Notice of Direction is provided in accordance with clause 5(c) of the Rules for the WaterMark Certification Trade Marks.

Volume Three of the National Construction Code (NCC), the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA), states that a material or product intended for use in contact with drinking water must comply with the relevant version of AS/NZS 4020. In addition, many applicable specifications referenced on the WaterMark Schedule of Products include AS/NZS 4020 as a secondary reference.

The 2019 edition of the PCA, adopted on 1 May 2019, references the 2018 edition of AS/NZS 4020.

Clause 8.7.2 of the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme (Manual) states that when there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved User has 12 months to renew certification of their products to comply with the amended applicable specification. The clause also states this period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the ABCB.

The ABCB has agreed to a transition period for the use of AS/NZS 4020:2018 which is included in the 2019 version of the PCA. Note 8 of Schedule 4, the List of Referenced Documents, states the following:

‘Test reports based on the 2005 edition of AS/NZS 4020 will continue to be accepted until 1 May 2024. Test reports prepared after the NCC referenced date for the 2018 edition of AS/NZS 4020 must be based on the 2018 edition.’

In addition to the above concession, the ABCB has used its discretion to permit an extension to the 12 month timeframe specified in clause 8.7.2 of the Manual for existing Approved Users (WaterMark Licence holders) to ensure their products comply with changes to AS/NZS 4020:2018. The extension provides a period of 5 years, from 1 May 2019 to 1 May 2024, to enable compliance with AS/NZS 4020:2018 unless retesting is triggered by other mechanisms within the Scheme.

Reference Documents

  • Plumbing Code of Australia
  • WaterMark Schedule of Products
  • Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme

Direction

The direction is as follows:

  1. Note that prior to 1 May 2019, for plumbing and drainage products undergoing new or renewed WaterMark certification, test reports stating compliance with the requirements of either AS/NZS 4020:2005 or AS/NZS 4020:2018 were accepted.
  2. From 1 May 2019, all new testing, whether the testing relates to new applications or existing certified product, must be undertaken against the requirements of AS/NZS 4020:2018.
  3. For the purposes of PCA and WMCS compliance with AS/NZS 4020:2018, the Manual Cl 8.7.2 (Maintenance of Certification) will be replaced with:
    ‘When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP. Modifications shall be completed within a period of 5 years, from 1 May 2019 (being the date of PCA adoption of AS/NZS 4020:2018) to 1 May 2024.

Further Information

Should any WaterMark Certification Scheme stakeholder require further clarification, they should contact the ABCB office directly for further advice on 1300 134 631 or email watermark@abcb.gov.au.

Date of publication: June 2022

https://watermark.abcb.gov.au/resource/notice/201860-transition-asnzs-40202018  ­

Risk Assessment Notification – 2021/R74

R74 – Risk assessment Notice geothermal water heating system.pdf


Product Assessed: Geothermal energy heat pump system for home air conditioning and supplementary potable water heater

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The product is a geothermal system for air conditioning and storing energy in the water contained in a storage tank. During the cooling period, heat extracted from the ambient by the system is stored in water, and the heat transfer is facilitated by a stainless steel heat exchanger. The water is stored in an electric storage water heater. When the temperature in the tank gets to 600C, heat transfer from the refrigerant to the waterside is stopped by de-energizing a pump that transfers water from the storage tank to the heat exchanger and back to the storage tank.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme. The Water Mark Certification is only for the components covered under the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA). The WaterMark Certification shall not be used to cover off on components that may lie outside the PCA scope, such as refrigeration equipment.

Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being high for the nominated health and safety consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of high requires WaterMark Certification.
Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which may include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued
9 June 2021.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R67

R67 – RA Notice Fixture connector adaptor.pdf


Product Assessed: Fixture Connector Adaptor

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated economic consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.
Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.
Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which shall include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued
16 November 2020.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R62

R62 – RA Notice Pedicure Foot Spa.pdf


Product Assessed: Pedicure Foot Spa

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product.

The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated health and safety consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.

Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which shall include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued
11 November 2020.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R68

R68 – RA Notice stainless steel pipes and fittings greater than 160mm OD.pdf


Product Assessed: -Stainless Steel Pipes and Fittings greater than 160mm OD for non-pressure application

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product.
Currently, sizes up to 160mm OD are included in the WaterMark Certification Scheme with the applicable specification for evaluation being AS 3495.
However, the risk assessment reviewed by the WaterMark Administration caters for stainless steel pipes and fittings of nominal outside diameter greater than 160mm (200mm 250mm 315mmOD), in grade 304 or 316 stainless steel, with socketed joint and included elastomeric seal.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated health and safety, economic and water wastage consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.
Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which shall include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued
3 November 2020

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R66

R66 – RA Notice domestic clothes washer_dryer.pdf


Product Assessed: – Domestic clothes washer/dryer

Assessment
The Administering Body advises it has reviewed a risk assessment principles checklist submitted for the above mentioned product. The product is a free-standing appliance designed for domestic use.
The Administering Body verifies that the risk assessment principles checklist undertaken for this product type has identified risks that potentially require mitigation through the
WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome
This product type does present a risk requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme, however, this would be a duplication of risk mitigation to the already recognised national electrical safety regulations.
The Administrating Body considers that the mandatory compliance to AS/NZS 60335.1, AS/NZS 60335.2.7 & AS/NZS 60335.2.11 through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Electrical Equipment Safety System
Registration satisfactorily mitigates the risks identified for this product type.
Therefore, this product type will now be listed on the WaterMark Schedule of Excluded Products, notwithstanding the need for this product type to be supported with evidence of suitability to be installed within a plumbing and drainage system in accordance with A5.6 (3) of the Plumbing Code of Australia. The option of evidence of suitability that will be listed on the Schedule will be compliance to AS/NZS 60335.1, AS/NZS 60335.2.7 & AS/NZS 60335.2.11.

Issued
15 September 2020

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R55

R55 – Risk Assessment commercial pot washing machine.pdf


Product Assessed: – Commercial pot washing machine

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The function of this product is to wash commercial cooking pots.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for the commercial pot washing machine has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.
Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated health and safety, economic or water wastage consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.
The WaterMark Schedule of Products will now be revised to reflect the most appropriate specification for these products. Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will be required to evaluate these products in accordance with the Scheme Rules to the listed specification.
Issued
18 March 2020.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R50

R50 – Risk Assessment Notice – Retrofit sub meter (V2).pdf


Product Assessed: – Retrofit Sub Meter

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The product is a retrofit sub meter with integral shut off valve for installation into the existing property service valve.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for the retrofit sub meter has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.
Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being high for the nominated health and safety consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of high requires WaterMark Certification.
Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.
Issued
2 March 2020 (V2).

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R53

R53 – Risk Assessment Notice Tundish self seal.pdf


Product Assessed: – Tundish with self-sealing device

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The product is a plastic bodied fitting utilised in the sanitary plumbing system for the collection of the discharge from condensate from heating, cooling and air-conditioning equipment and creates a physical barrier/air gap. The tundish includes within the construction a self-sealing device
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.
Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated health and safety, economic or wastage of water consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.
Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.
Issued
26 February 2020.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R48

R48 – Risk Assessment Food Waste Digester.pdf


Product Assessed: – Food Waste Digester

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The function of this product is to break down biodegradable material using microorganisms in the presence of oxygen and to output as grey water.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for the food waste digester has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.
Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated health and safety, economic or water wastage consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.
The WaterMark Schedule of Products will now be revised to reflect the most appropriate specification for these products. Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will be required to evaluate these products in accordance with the Scheme Rules to the listed specification.
Issued
26 February 2020.