In an article published on August 7, 2018, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informed that the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) intends to amend its assessment of metals that come into contact with drinking water. The BMWi has notified the EU of the amendment on July 31, 2018.

“Article 10 of the EU drinking water Directive requires member states to ensure that substances in drinking water distribution systems do not remain in higher concentrations than necessary for their purpose or reduce protection of health,” Chemical Watch explained. The BMWi will amend the assessment basis “because additional metallic materials had been classified as suitable for use with drinking water systems,” Chemical Watch further reported. Germany’s fourth amendment to its assessment basis will thus add copper-tin-phosphorus alloys to the positive list.

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Chemical Watch (August 7, 2018). “Germany to make metals in drinking water assessment change.