Review of standards related to materials in contact with drinking water


This report presents an inventory of European and international standards related to the hygiene requirements on materials that come into contact with drinking water (DCM). These materials are relevant for Directive (EU) 2020/2184 on the quality of water intended for human consumption. The report is also listing technical committees of CEN and ISO that may deal with standardisation related to materials in contact with drinking water. It provides lists of documentary standards that are directly relevant to the characterisation of those materials, i.e. describing ‘analytical methods’ or ‘migration test methods’. A search was also conducted beyond those applications by looking into product groups of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) (EU) No 305/2011 and to other standards indirectly relevant to DCM that may contain useful information for the future establishment of the positive lists and accepted methodologies required by Directive (EU) 2020/2184. The inventory will serve as basis for a further gap analysis of analytical and migration methods for drinking water contact materials not yet covered by standards. This shall support in addition the establishment of possible standardisation mandates from the European Commission to CEN, as foreseen in the Directive.

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European Commission, 21 July 2021