WRAS suspends combi-oven rule change

Following representations from CESA, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has put on hold its planned reinterpretation of the 1999 water regulations, which would have led to certain combination ovens and steamers submitted for approval after 1 April not being approved.

In a letter to CESA’s patron, Rt. Hon. Lord Trefgarne PC, Stephen Kay, chair of the WRAS, said: “Following your feedback, I have asked WRAS to place these changes on hold, until we have had a chance to meet and agree next steps.”

Keith Warren, CESA director, commented: “It is good news that the WRAS is willing to consider manufacturers’ points of view but, of course, at the moment this is no more than a temporary stay of execution.”

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Stephen Kay says in the letter that he is “happy to work together constructively to ensure [CESA] members understand the changes, the decision making process and when they should be implemented,” adding that he has informed the laboratories that carry out the approval tests of the decision to put the changes on hold.

The WRAS’s planned changes to the interpretation of the 1999 Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations would prevent approval being given to steamers and combi-ovens that incorporate a facility using water to cool the appliance’s waste water.

CESA has arranged a meeting on 14 April with Stephen Kay and Julie Spinks, MD of the WRAS, to investigate the matter further.

CESA has asked for any manufacturers affected by the reinterpretation to send their views and supporting material to jocelyn.carr@cesa.org.uk as soon as possible.

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