Friday 6th May 2016

Standards and Legislation activity update

Environmental Goods Act (EGA)

The joint effort between ESA and FSA has continued in 2016 to ensure Sealing Devices would be included in the EGA. The EGA representatives have met in Geneva in both March and April and are working on the text of the agreement.  Negotiations continue and we await News of the historic signing. A recent release from the BBC provides a good overview, the EGA being part of the Climate treaty.

The EGA will list products that are deemed to be essential in the reduction of CO2 released to the atmosphere. The existing World Trade Organisation (WTO) Environmental Goods list of approved technologies is to be extended from 50 to include about 200 technologies that aid the environment and reduce emissions.

We are still very hopeful that Sealing Devices (which will be specified under exact HS commodity codes) will be included in the EGA.
It now appears that the decision will not be taken until the G20 summit to be held later in the year in China. We will, of course, keep members informed as to progress, and issue all the details when an agreement is confirmed.

Potable Water project

A visit was made to Brussels in March and an action plan drawn up. These actions include:

  • ESA is applying to become a CEN Liaison member of TG 164 (the technical committee looking at product and material testing)
  • ESA to follow up with local organisations in member countries to ensure local technical groups understand the role of Sealing Devices
  • ESA (David Edwin-Scott) to attend the “Materials and Products in contact with Drinking Water” conference in Brussels on 12th May
  • ESA (Wolfgang Schoepplein) to attend the IFAT exhibition and Conference in Munich on 30th May

The activity to ensure one cross European materials and products testing standard appears to be moving in the correct direction

EN1591 update

There is to be an update to EN 1591 standard for Gaskets. The ESA (John Morton and Derek Davidson) are attending the I.Mech.E meeting in London in June to understand the timetable and scope of update (due 2020)

We are working with the FSA in the USA to see if we can get EN 1591 and ASME PCC-1/2/3 to be more integrated with a view to have a global standard.

David Mitchell, Standards and Legislation Director for the ESA

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