Drinking water contact
A good quality of drinking water is very important for all of us. It is the responsibility of every national government to have proper legislation and quality control to guarantee the drinking water quality. The requirements for materials that come in contact with drinking water are different in every country. That’s why manufacturers of plastics and rubber materials and products for contact with drinking water have to deal with many different approvals and certification schemes for every country you are selling their products. Why having all these different certification bodies to deal with? There is a much better option: doing all the business with Kiwa, as your one stop partner.
There is much benefit for you having Kiwa to lead you through all necessary initial evaluations and factory audits. The combination of toxicological tests, mechanical tests and inspection visits is saving time and money, year by year.
- Kiwa certificates (Dutch market, also accepted in several other countries)
- DVGW certificates (German market)
- NSF/ANSI 14 / 60 / 61 / 372 certificates (North American market)
- WRAS approvals (UK market)
- Kiwa-UNI certificates (Italian market)
- Kiwa Sweden (former Swedcert) certficates (Swedish, Scandinavian market)
- Approvals for Greman Hygienic Guidelines (KTW, Elastomerleitlinie, DVGW W270)
- Combined certification for many countries
- Combined mechanical testing*
- Combined toxicological testing*
- Combined factory audits
- DVGW recognized test laboratories
- Accredited test laboratories for German Hygienic Guidelines
- Accredited test laboratories for NSF/ANSI standards
Kiwa supports companies to obtain compliance with (inter)national regulations for food contact materials. It is the responsibility of every manufacturer and supplier of polymeric materials, including rubber, to prove that his materials and products are safe for the intended food contact application.
In the EU, the Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 is applicable for all food contact materials. In short, the manufacturer shall state a Declaration of Compliance (DoC) for his products, in which he declares that:
- The materials and products are manufactured following the requirements with respect to Good Manufacturing Practise (GMP) Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006.
- He has a good traceability system.
- The requirements according to the required migration tests are met.
- The material recipe meets the positive substances lists.
- For companies this means a lot of work and often in-house knowledge and capacity is not available to get the job done. Kiwa has the possibilities to help in all aspects regarding evaluation of material recipes, migration testing, factory production control and setting up necessary documentation and reports. As a result your company obtains a Declaration of Compliance. Extended with third party inspections on a regular basis a Kiwa Product Certificate can be granted, giving your products a competitive edge.
In the EU, plastics have to comply with the European Regulation (EC) No 10/2011. For rubber there are no harmonized requirements in the EU. National legislation is leading. Kiwa has the knowledge which requirements are valid for every country. E.g. in Germany the BfR requirements are applicable.
For the US market the FDA requirements FDA CFR21 parts 174-177 are applicable, implicating GMP, positive substances lists and migration tests. Kiwa also performs certification of food equipment materials against NSF/ANSI 51.
Summarized, Kiwa can serve you in all of the mentioned aspects:
- toxicological recipe reviews
- migration tests
- factory production control (GMP and traceability)
- Declarations of Compliance for (plastic and rubber) food contact products
- Product Certification
- DoC for EU market, national markets and USA (FDA)