R Tech and IMA Dresden provide laboratory testing to many of the world’s most innovative companies. WRAS says these new additions reflect its commitment to increasing choice for manufacturers seeking a WRAS approval, and that greater testing capacity should help reduce test waiting times for everyone.
Hansgrohe has invested to introduce its own ISO 17025 accredited test facility to test its own products in-house. This option will enable it to streamline the WRAS approval process, and improve the time it takes to reach market process for its products.
Ian Hughes, approvals manager for WRAS, said: “Sixty-two per cent of trade buyers say they would pay a premium for a plumbing product that had a WRAS approval, which brings clear commercial opportunities for manufacturers and retailers. With that in mind, WRAS is committed to helping to make testing as accessible and speedy as possible for manufacturers. Adding Hansgrohe, R-Tech and IMA Dresden to the list of WRAS approved laboratories is another step on that ongoing journey.
“A WRAS approval provides independent assurance that products are a suitable quality and standard as required by the water fittings regulations. The water fittings regulations protect drinking water supplies within plumbing systems in homes, businesses and other properties.”
A representative from IMA Dresden added: “A WRAS approval signals sustainability and it shows customers that the products they are purchasing protect water, nature and humans from pollution and leakage. Due to climate change, this topic has become of utmost importance.”