In the 90s, countries within the European Union (EU) attempted to unite the directives for potable water and building materials to one “European Acceptance Scheme”, in an effort to create common requirements for potable water standards. Unfortunately, they never really succeeded, but it was the beginning of the 4MS initiative – a cooperation between Germany, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. On their own initiatives, these countries decided to transpose the requirements and standards of the previous directives into local legal requirements. This has resulted in a positive list of materials, including brass with low lead content.
These new legal materials requirements have been postponed up until this year and became effective in the four initiating countries as of 10 April 2017. From this day, only products complying with the 4MS regulations may be sold for water supply purposes in these countries.
The certification agencies of the four countries, DVGW, Kiwa, NF and WRAS, are unlikely to approve products for use with drinking water, unless they comply with the new requirements.
AVK complies with the strict requirements
AVK complies with the approvals in the four countries in the 4MS initiative. Therefore, it is important for us that all our products comply with the new, strict requirements no matter where in the world they are to be installed. All our customers benefit from our effort even though it is not all countries that focus on e.g. lead submission from brass material yet. Consequently, all water utilities that do not have the capacity to get acquainted with all the requirements and standards can confidently choose AVK valves.
Read more: Approval and harmonization - 4MS Initiative