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The 4MS Initiative: Co-operation on the Development of a Common Approach to the Hygienic Approval of Products in Contact with Drinking Water

Four EU Member States France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom Great Britain (4MS) announced in January 2011 that they have formalised arrangements to work together on this important aspect of the regulatory frameworks they have in place to ensure the hygienic safety of drinking water.

The 4MS intend to adopt common, or directly comparable, practices for:

  • The acceptance of the constituents used in materials in contact with drinking water
  • The testing of materials
  • The use of common test methods and setting acceptance levels
  • The specification of tests to be applied to products
  • Reviewing factory production control and setting audit testing requirements
  • Assessing the capabilities of certification and testing bodies

Further details:  [http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/wasser-e/themen/trinkwasser/4ms-initiative.htm]

[Work of the 4-Member States Regulators GroupHistory and Background, Current Status and Way Forward]

[What is the progress with European Testing and Approval of Drinking Water Construction Products?]

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