Monday 26th September 2016

Update from the Technical Director of Mechanical Seals Division

1) Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 Food Contact Materials:

Especially Article 16 - Declaration of compliance for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food is still causing problems in the field. ESA has issued a Position Paper in June (see ESA website) and has contacted the Commission to further clarify the subject. A meeting may be scheduled in autumn this year.

2) EHEDG Doc 25 -  Design of mechanical seals for hygienic and aseptic applications:
    ESA is actively participating in a work group updating that guideline. A first meeting took place in May and the various discussion points targeted.

3) Containment Index:
    A small working group of ESA`s Mechanical Seal Division has restarted this project

4) ESA project on Drinking Water Directive, see David Mitchell’s Standards and Legislation Director.

5) Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE):
    This European guideline has a potential to create a conflict for mechanical seal suppliers. It is interesting to get a feedback from our members to what extent customers have already asked questions.

Please contact Steven Bullen ( or Wolfgang Schoepplein ( if you would like further details.

Wolfgang Schoepplein, Technical Director of Mechanical Seals Division

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