AENOR Laboratorio and the RD 140/2003
AENOR Laboratorio starts a new analysis service to verify that products in contact with water for human consumption comply with the legislation. The products are tested in order to ensure that they do not transfer to water substances that can endanger human health. This full service completes the check activities being carried out in the laboratory to verify the safety of the materials in contact with food.
These tests comply with Royal Decree 140/2003, of 7 February, which states that "the products in contact with drinking water, by themselves or installation practices, will not transmit to drinking water substances or properties that contaminate or deteriorate its quality and involve a breach of the requirements specified in Annex I or a risk to the health of the served population". That Annex I of Royal Decree indicates the parameters to be tested and accepted parametric values.
Depending on the characteristics of conduction (material, additives, structure ...) and intended use of the product to be analyzed, the technical team of AENOR Laboratory establishes the most appropriate conditions for testing. Samples to obtain water test are prepared according to standard UNE EN 12873 "Influence of materials on water intended for human consumption".
Once the test water is prepared, specific migration analyses according to corresponding rules are made. Subsequently, the test report with the results is issued.
These migration tests are being carried out for piping systems or water storage, mainly plastic pipes and fittings (PVC, PERT...) and soon will be extended to materials of cement or metals.
In the case of specific migration tests for plastic materials, AENOR Laboratory provides both the analysis of the substances included in the list approved by the European Union and the assessment of substances Not Intentionally Added (NIAS), that may arise during the production process.