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  ­

WaterMark Tapware

In the market for new tapware?

Have you been considering renovating your bathroom? Or finally fixing that leaking tap in the laundry? Or maybe you want to upgrade the mixer tap in the kitchen?

These days it seems like the opportunities are endless when it comes to choosing a new tap. With so many varieties and designs available, as well as the world of online shopping, your dream bathroom is set to become a reality!

While the look and style of a tap may be an important factor in what you choose, it’s important to know that it should not be the only purchasing decision you make when you are in the market for new plumbing products.

Picture this: You’ve finally got your new shiny bathroom finished, complete with a gleaming tap, and although you’ve spent more on it then you thought possible for a bathroom, it looks exactly how you had envisioned on your mood board all those years ago.

Or you spent the best part of the weekend visiting your local hardware store to stock up on supplies to fix that dripping tap. It kept you up all night, and even though it’s not up there on your list of ‘fun things to do’ on a Saturday, it’s done now and you can finally get some solid sleep.

Or you‘ve been meaning to call a plumber to fix the kitchen mixer tap, but instead, after a quick online search, you managed to fix it yourself and saved a lot of cash.

Now, picture this: When you turn on that tap you paid a small fortune for, it sounds like someone is banging down your door; the dripping tap you spent your weekend fixing is now endlessly leaking (again); and the kitchen mixer tap you installed yourself to save money, is now contaminating your family’s drinking water.

Unfortunately, despite their glossy features and impressive style, not all tapware products are up to the standard that they should be, and therefore may not be fit for purpose. Further, even if you had the right intentions and purchased from a recognised supplier, or from a reputable online store, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are purchasing reliable and safe products – it pays to do your research before purchasing.

In Australia, most plumbing and drainage products must be WaterMark certified and installed by a licensed plumber.


But what does this mean?

WaterMark is a mandatory national scheme for
plumbing and drainage products to ensure they are fit
for purpose and appropriately authorised for use in
plumbing and drainage installations. This means, that a
material or product has been tested and evaluated to
an approved product specification and certified by an
accredited organisation.

Over the past decade, it has become increasingly easy
for Australians to purchase plumbing products, like
taps, from local sources as well as international
manufacturers. However, this doesn’t always mean
that the product is WaterMark certified. Many plumbing
product suppliers, especially those overseas, may not
be aware of the need, or the requirements, for
WaterMark certification in Australia.

So, how can you tell if your product has been
WaterMark certified?

Easy! Just Look for the WaterMark! All WaterMark
certified products will have the WaterMark certification
trademark or logo somewhere on the product or its
packaging. Each certified product also has a licence
number which allows you to look up that product on
the WaterMark Product Database. By purchasing and
using a WaterMark certified product, you can be sure
that it has been evaluated to an appropriate product
specification and is therefore safe and fit for purpose.
It’s less likely to break or cause damage and end up
costing you more money later on.

So, next time you are thinking of upgrading the
bathroom, fixing the leaky tap or replacing the kitchen
mixer tap, make sure you spend a little time early on to
find the right product. This will save you a lot of
inconvenience and money down the track. And always
remember to Look for the WaterMark!

For more information visit: watermark.abcb.gov.au/look

WaterMark Certification Scheme Risk Assessment Notification 2021/R79

See below notice from the ABCB

Product Assessed: Stainless steel push-fit fittings

Assessment

The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. This product is for use with stainless steel pipe, stainless steel tube and adaptor fittings for connection to other pipe materials in water supply systems where the maximum operating pressure does not exceed 2,100 kPa.

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 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 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 December 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/wm-risk_assessment_notification/R79%20-%20Risk%20Assessment%20Notice%20stainless%20steel%20push-fit%20fittings.pdf

Lead free requirements for certain plumbing products

Please see the following notice from the ABCB

Intent

This Notice is to provide advice to WaterMark Certification Scheme (WaterMark) stakeholders about the forthcoming limitation to the allowable content of lead in certain plumbing products.
This change will be given effect though an amendment to the 2022 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume Three – Plumbing Code of Australia, for adoption on 1 September 2025.

Advice

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) decided to limit the allowable lead content in plumbing products, which contain copper alloys and are intended for use in contact with drinking water, to a weighted average lead content of not more than 0.25%. Drinking water is defined in the NCC as “water intended primarily for human consumption but which has other domestic uses”.

The lead free requirements were set out in clause A5G4(2) of the NCC 2022, Volume Three Public Comment Draft, published by the ABCB Office on 10 May for public comment until 11 July 2021.

Attachment A contains the NCC 2022 Volume Three amendment agreed by the ABCB in November 2021, including revisions resulting from comment received.

In recognition of the impact of this change for industry, the ABCB agreed to a 3 year transition period, to commence upon the adoption of the amended NCC Volume Three on 1 September 2022, to enable the recertification of such products.

From 1 September 2025, clause A5G4(2) of the NCC Volume Three will take effect. Only products WaterMark certified as conforming to the lead free provisions, where required, will be authorised for use in plumbing installations.

Products that do not conform to the lead free provisions will no longer have valid certification and will not be authorised for use in contact with drinking water.

In preparation for this change, the WaterMark Administration will issue Notices of Direction to WaterMark stakeholders which will set out the certification transition arrangements including terminology, documentation, product evaluation, testing and marking requirements. A revised WaterMark Schedule of Products, indicating the products included in the scope of the lead free provisions, will be issued with the initial notice. A certification transition timeline will also be provided.

The ABCB Office will publish a detailed implementation plan to provide industry with as much notice as possible and to assist manufacturers, suppliers, certifiers and accredited testing laboratories with the transition.

The WaterMark Administration looks forward to working with stakeholders to implement this initiative developed to improve public health and safety in Australia.

Further Information

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


Date of publication: 24 November 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/Advisory_Notice_Lead_free_requirements.pdf

ATTACHMENT A

A5G4 Evidence of suitability – Volume Three (PCA) 2022
(2) Any product that contains copper alloy and is intended for use in contact with drinking water must have a weighted average lead content of not more than 0.25% verified in the form of either—
(a) a test report provided by an Accredited Testing Laboratory, in accordance with NSF/ANSI 372; or
(b) a WaterMark Licence issued in accordance with (3), if it includes compliance with NSF/ANSI 372.

Notes:
1. A5G4(2) does not take effect until 1 September 2025.
2. Note 1 does not prevent use of products certified in accordance with A5G4(2) prior to 1 September 2025.
Application:
Products subject to the requirements of A5G4(2) are specifically nominated in the WaterMark Schedule of Products.
Exemption:
1. Products that are used exclusively for non-drinking uses such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, or other uses where water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption are excluded from the requirements of A5G4(2).
2. Products excluded from the requirements of A5G4(2) are specifically nominated in the WaterMark Schedule of Products.
Explanatory information:
1. Some examples of products subject to A5G4(2) include:
(a) Copper alloy fittings.
(b) Stainless-steel braided hoses.
(c) Valves (such as valves used for isolation, backflow prevention, alteration of pressure and temperature).
(d) Taps and mixers.
(e) Water meters.
(f) Pumps (for use with cold and heated water services).
(g) Water heaters.
(h) Residential water filtration equipment.
(i) Water dispensers (such as boiling and cooling units, drinking fountains and bottle fillers).
(j) Fire sprinkler systems connected to the cold water service that are not isolated from fixtures and fittings intended to supply water for human consumption

2. Some examples of products excluded from the requirements of A5G4(2) include:
(a) Shower heads for bathing.
(b) Emergency showers, eye wash and/or face wash equipment.
(c) Pumps used for irrigation, fire-fighting or other non-drinking purposes.
(d) Fire-fighting water services and equipment including residential fire sprinklers.
(e) Appliances, including dishwashers and washing machines.
(f) Commercial boilers associated with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
(g) Sanitary fixtures (such as toilets, cistern inlet valves, bidets and urinals).
(h) Non-drinking water services (such as recycled water systems).

3. Lead is currently permitted in small proportions in the raw materials used to manufacture some plumbing products. Whilst the allowable lead levels permitted in products ensures compliance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, the use of lead free products is encouraged to avoid the potential for adverse effects on human health.

AS 3718:2021 Water supply – Tap ware, adopted

See below notice from the ABCB

The WaterMark Administration has recently adopted a new version of the following Australian Standard: AS 3718:2021 Water supply – Tap ware.

The current 2005 version of this Standard is a listed WaterMark Specification and the ABCB wishes to inform you of the adoption of the 2021 version into the WaterMark Certification Scheme (Scheme) and subsequent listing on the WaterMark Schedule of Products and the WaterMark Database.

Clause 8.7.2 of the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme 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.

In response to concerns raised by industry during public consultation the ABCB has extended the transition timeframe to comply with the requirements of AS 3718:2021 until 1 May 2024.
This extension will align with the existing transition arrangements for compliance to AS/NZS 4020:2018. AS 3718:2005 will remain on the WaterMark Database from the date of this correspondence until 1 May 2024.

WaterMark Certification Scheme Risk Assessment Notification 2021/R56

See below notice from the ABCB

Product Assessed: Water conditioner

Assessment

The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. This product is for use within a cold and/or heated water supply system at its point of entry or at a point of use for the purposes of water conditioning to reduce scaling.

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 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 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

28 July 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/wm-risk_assessment_notification/R56%20-%20Risk%20Assessment%20Notice%20Water%20conditioner.pdf

WaterMark Certification Scheme Risk Assessment Notification 2021/R31

See below notice from the ABCB

Product Assessed: Prefabricated pressure boosting unit

Assessment

The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The primary function of this product is for pressure boosting of drinking water and for maintaining constant pressure to locations where supply pressures are low or for high rise buildings.

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 consequence 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 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

28 July 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/wm-risk_assessment_notification/R31%20-%20RA%20Notice%20Prefabricated%20pressure%20boosting%20unit.pdf

Revised WMTS-051 adopted

See below notice from the ABCB

The WaterMark Administration wishes to advise that the following WaterMark Technical Specification has been approved for publication and adoption into the WaterMark Scheme:

Revised WMTS-051:2021 – Toilet douche seats
The objective of this revision was to align the product specification with the PCA in relation to backflow prevention requirements for toilet douche seats

The 2016 version of this Specification is listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will remain for 12 months from the date of this correspondence to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the new 2021 version

WMTS-051:2021 has now been published on the ABCB Website, and will be included in the next revision of the Schedule of Products.

If you require any further clarification regarding the publication of this WMTS please do not hesitate to contact the WaterMark Administration.

WaterMark Certification Scheme Risk Assessment Notification 2021/R71

See below notice from the ABCB

Product Assessed: Hydrogen hybrid battery storage system

Assessment

The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The primary function of this system is to convert water into storable hydrogen energy via electrolysis.The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified no risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome

The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being low 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 low will be listed on the WaterMark Schedule of Excluded Products and will not require WaterMark Certification.

Issued

25 May 2021

https://certmark.org/downloads/wm-risk_assessment_notification/R71 – WaterMark product risk assessment notice for hydrogen storage

system.pdf