Standards are involved in making all parts of our life easier, more secure and healthier, ensuring that the quality of what enters our homes and workplaces is constantly monitored. With this general aim, two standards to increase and monitor the levels of hygiene in sanitary appliances were revised and published by CEN at the beginning of October.
The first one of these standards, EN 997:2018 ‘WC pans and WC suites with integral trap’, specifies construction, performance characteristics and test methods for close-coupled suites, one-piece and independent WC pans with integral trap used for personal hygiene manufactured from glazed ceramics or stainless steel. In the case of independent WC pans, the reference to cisterns is related only to the definition and requirements of flushing volume. On the other hand, in the case of close-coupled suites and one-piece WCs, EN 997 also specifies design, performance characteristics and test methods for cisterns with flushing mechanisms, inlet valves and overflows. For these products, the standard covers flushing cisterns connected to drinking water installations inside buildings.
The second standard highlighted, EN 14055:2018 ‘WC and urinal flushing cisterns’, specifies design, performance characteristics and test methods for WC and urinal flushing cisterns with flushing mechanism, inlet valve and overflow. As EN 997, it covers flushing cisterns designed to be connected to drinking water installations inside buildings.
Both standards were developed and published by by CEN/TC 163 ‘Sanitary appliances’, whose Secretariat is held by UNI, the Italian Standardization Body. TC 163 focuses on the development of standards on the performance characteristics (e.g. physical and hygiene) and the corresponding test methods for all sanitary appliances. The modifications ensure a high-level of hygiene in widely used appliances.
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