In Australia the WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory compliance requirement for plumbing and drainage products, this ensures national consistency.
WaterMark Certification Scheme
August 2017, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) introduced the WaterMark Certification Scheme (WMCS) - a new single level scheme for plumbing sector product standards. The scheme is designed to ensure that plumbing sector products under this scheme meet the requirements of the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA).
This new scheme takes over from the Level 1 and Level 2 schemes over a period of five (5) years and three (3) years respectively from August 2017 that were previously in place.
Products affected by the WMCS are periodically reviewed by the ABCB and listed as a selected products under the new scheme. Products under the new scheme rules will be required over five (5) year cycles to satisfy the requirements of an independent type testing, manufacturing plant audits, complete the batch release tests as required by the product standard and provide on-going documentary evidence of compliance.
Products excluded from the WaterMark scheme are listed by the ABCB and are required to undergo performance testing to ensure compliance to the product standard.
To confirm if your products are required to meet the new WMCS rules, please contact an Approvalmark representative.
Note - For products that are currently certified to the Level 1 and 2 schemes, ApprovalMark International will provide confirmation they are included in the scheme and a time based plan for migrating to the WMCS.
WATERMARK PROCESS FLOW
Applicant reviews product and has discussion with ApprovalMark International (AMI). AMI provides all necessary information including quotation to client.
Applicant submits completed Application Form, Watermark Agreement, certification agreements and a Quality Plan to AMI.
AMI reviews the Quality plan for compliance and allocates a Client Management number.
AMI shall conduct a factory/manufacturing plant audit. This will include witnessing batch release testing.
Client submits all relevant test reports, marking proposal and product schedule to AMI for evaluation and assessment.
Once all test reports, audit reports, marking proposal and product schedule are accepted, the Technical Manager makes the decision regarding conformity.
Invoice the customer as per the quotation. On receipt of payment, the customer schedule is uploaded to the ABCB website and the JASANZ Register.
AMI conducts regular audits as per program rules.