The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has separated its subscriptions and approvals activities into two separate businesses, Water Regs UK and the Water Regulations Approvals Scheme (WRAS).
The move follows an internal review and a series of in-depth surveys of members, stakeholders and subscribers.
The findings prompted the launch of the Water Regs UK and Water Regulations Approvals Scheme businesses, which clarifies the services offered to different stakeholder groups.
Water Regs UK is focusing on promoting compliance with the Water Fitting Regulations and Byelaws across the UK to protect customers.
The new business is primarily funded by water company subscribers and facilitates water company collaboration and the sharing of industry learning, experience, and good practice. It also acts as a hub to communicate information about the water regulations.
Water Regs UK is also responsible for running the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS) on behalf of 14 water suppliers in England and Wales.
The new Water Regulations Approvals Scheme business is funded by manufacturers and applicants and it has a specific responsibility for approving plumbing products and materials.
Responsibilities include maintaining a directory of more than 9,000 products and 3,000 materials.
Julie Spinks, MD of Water Regs UK, said: “The launch of the new dedicated Water Regs UK business means we can further improve the support we provide to subscribers.
“It’s an opportunity to increase our profile among stakeholders and consumers, which will further build awareness and understanding of the water regulations and why they should be followed.”
Ian Hughes, approvals manager for the Water Regulations Approvals Scheme, said: “Our vision is to be the most trusted independent UK certification body for plumbing products and materials, helping business and consumers choose compliant products that keep water safe. The launch of approvals as a dedicated business allows us to focus exclusively on that goal and offer one route to demonstrate compliance with the regulations.”
WRAS approval applies to any water fitting which will carry or receive water from the public mains water supply.