ABCB release discussion paper on the Feasibility of Point of Sale Regulation for the WaterMark Certification Scheme

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a discussion paper on the Feasibility of Point of Sale Regulation for the WaterMark Certification Scheme for public comment. The paper has been prepared to initiate discussion and feedback among people and organisations that are affected by or involved in the Scheme’s ongoing administration and future directions.

The 28-page document includes an overview of how the Scheme operates; a description of the problem/s to be considered; proposes options to address the problem/s; and lists a number of questions as a means of assisting respondents in developing feedback.

In a brief summary, the paper proposes that responsibility for product compliance would be extended to plumbing product suppliers, wholesalers or retailers eg. those that market and sell the product. The perceived outcome would be that products listed on the WaterMark Schedule of Products (WMSP) could only be offered for sale if they were WaterMark certified, thus catching non-conforming products earlier in the value chain. This would reduce the burden on licensed plumbers at the point of installation, reduce cost to industry as a result of non conforming product installations and be another step towards future proofing the safety of plumbing infrastructure.

With the plumbing industry only having until 5:00pm on Monday, 12th February 2018 to provide feedback on the issue, it is vital that all those involved take the opportunity to have their voice heard.

The feedback provided will be used to further inform ABCB consideration of the findings and recommendations regarding stakeholder support, possible options and the feasibility to implement point of sale regulation of WaterMark.

You can read the full discussion paper here.

All feedback is to be emailed to watermark@abcb.gov.au with POS Comment in the subject line.

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