In an article published on May 31, 2017, the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) informed about the European Commission’s (EC) plans to revise the Drinking Water Directive (DWD) “to ensure that the safety of contact materials and products is regulated at the EU level.” This focus of the revision is supported by the European Drinking Water Industrial Alliance (EDW), as announced in a position paper presented during the third Symposium on Materials and Products in contact with Drinking Water, which took place on May 18, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Currently, materials in contact with drinking water are not regulated at EU-level, instead being subject to national regulations. This creates problems, as different regulations may contradict each other. EDW chairman Volker Meyer emphasized that “an EU-wide legislative framework on contact materials is needed to ensure that all European citizens benefit from a high level of human health protection.” The release of the EC’s proposal regarding the DWD revision is expected by the end of 2017.

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Cefic (May 31, 2017). “European Drinking Water calls for harmonized EU-wide legislative framework on contact materials.

EDW (2017). “European Drinking Water (EDW) position on the Revision of the Drinking Water Directive (DWD).” (pdf)

EDW (2017). “3rd Symposium on Materials and Products in contact with Drinking Water.” (pdf)

Clelia Oziel (June 13, 2017). “Trade bodies seek EU rules on drinking water contact materials.Chemical Watch