Representatives of both the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) and Europump met with senior executives of the National Measurement Regulatory Office (NMRO) in December, to again press home the need for action in relation to the correct application of the ErP Directive (EU Energy Related Products Directive).
Market Surveillance is a key element of a fair and efficient EU internal market as it has a role to ensure that products placed on the community market comply with EU regulations and do not pose any safety and environmental threats for users and the public at large. This should ensure a level playing field and fair competition on the market as well as safeguarding the coherence of the European regulatory framework, the consistency of which depends on effective enforcement.
However, there continues to be evidence of, as well as major concerns regarding, the presence of illegal pump imports entering the UK from other countries, especially Asia, that do not meet the strict demands of the ErP Directive. As such and as previously advised, the BPMA continues to press the NMRO in their role of UK Market Surveillance Authority to take appropriate action.
The meeting in December was convened to agree a shared understanding of the application of Commission Regulation 641/2009/EC and the amendment 622/2012/EC with regards to eco-design requirements for circulator pumps and Market Surveillance within the UK.
From the detailed presentations given, and the open discussions that followed, it was agreed by all parties that there is now a clear understanding of what constitutes standalone and integrated circulators. Furthermore it was also agreed that the majority of products identified by the BPMA were not integrated and subsequently could be deemed to be in scope and subsequently do not meet the current regulation, at least from the information shown on the identified companiesí websites.