WRAS change could deny combi-oven approval

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) plans changes to the interpretation of the 1999 Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations that would lead to certain combination ovens and steamers submitted for approval after 1 April not being authorised.

CESA, the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association, is lobbying to have the change explained and, if possible, withdrawn.

The re-interpretation would prevent approval being given to steamers and combi-ovens that incorporate a facility using water to cool the appliance’s waste water.

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CESA has arranged a meeting on 14 April with Stephen Kay and Julie Spinks, respectively chair and managing director of the WRAS, to investigate the matter further. This follows a conference call with WRAS and nearly 20 CESA member representatives last month.

The association has requested that a small delegation be present at the meeting. In addition to its staff, this will include CESA members whose products would be adversely affected by the proposed change.

CESA patron, Rt. Hon. Lord Trefgarne PC, wrote to the WRAS chair to set up the meeting, which will take place at CESA’s offices in Central London. He told Kay, “CESA has not been provided with the criteria for the decision… We would like to know the process for the decision being approved, the knowledge and expertise of the individuals making the judgement, and why the interpretation by the WRAS of the 1999 regulations has changed.”

Keith Warren, CESA director, said, “Any CESA member affected by this change, and who would like to attend the meeting, should contact us immediately.

“The purpose of the meeting is to present the generic case that water should be able to be used to cool the waste water as an integral part of the process of the effective functioning of the appliance.

“Given the very limited number of spaces available, we would urge all affected members to send us their views and any supporting material that can be included in the discussions. CESA will update members of the outcome shortly after the meeting.”

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