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  • by Karma Loveday

Regulatory advisor splits into two businesses

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has separated its activities into two separate businesses: Water Regs UK and the Water Regulations Approval Scheme (WRAS). The aim is to clarify the services offered to different stakeholder groups and follows research.


Water Regs UK will focus on promoting compliance with the Water Fitting Regulations and Byelaws across the UK to protect customers. The new business is primarily funded by water companies and will facilitate collaboration and information sharing about water regulations.


Water Regs UK will also be responsible for running the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme on behalf of 14 water suppliers in England and Wales.


Julie Spinks, managing director of Water Regs UK, said the new dedicated business was “an opportunity to increase our profile among stakeholders and consumers, which will further build awareness and understanding of the water regulations and why they should be followed”.


The new WRAS business is funded by manufacturers and it has a specific responsibility for approving plumbing products and materials. Its responsibilities include maintaining a directory of more than 9,000 products and 3,000 materials.


Ian Hughes, approvals manager for WRAS, said: “Our vision is to be the most trusted independent UK certification body for plumbing products and materials, helping business and consumers choose compliant products that keep water safe. The launch of approvals as a dedicated business allows us to focus exclusively on that goal and offer one route to demonstrate compliance with the regulations.”

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