WRAS Approval FAQs

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  • How long does the Approval Process take? (Products and Materials)

    How long does the Approval Process take? (Products and Materials)

    Product Approvals:

    WRAS cannot advise on how long the necessary testing will take. The test laboratory that you choose should be able to advise a timescale. 

    Product approval applications are made directly to the test laboratory by the applicant. Once the testing has been performed and the application passed onto the WRAS by the test laboratory, we will aim to process the application within 5 working days.

    WRAS will issue approval documentation to successful applicants within 10 working days of the Product Approval Group (PAG) meeting. 

    Deferrals which can be resolved by WRAS should be undeferred, issued with their approval documentation and listed on the directory as soon as possible after the PAG meeting. It can take up to four months to un-defer a product following a meeting. Timescales may vary depending on the reasons why the product was deferred and the number of issues there are to be resolved.

    Material Approvals:

    WRAS will issue a Material Approval within 10 working days of receipt of a complete and correct application. 

  • How much does an Approval cost? (Products, Materials and Secondary)

    How much does an Approval cost? (Products, Materials and Secondary)

    Costs for gaining an approval vary. For testing costs, please contact the accredited test laboratories for products and the accredited test laboratories for materials depending what testing is required.

    WRAS fees are listed here. Please contact the WRAS Approvals team for more information.

  • When is the next PAG?

    When is the next PAG?

    Find the next page meeting dates here

  • Which test laboratories can I use?

    Which test laboratories can I use?

    For a Fitting Approval you may use any suitably accredited laboratory. The laboratory must have accreditation in accordance with ISO 17025 for each individual test they are to perform. Accreditation should be by the United Kingdom Accreditation (UKAS), or by an equivalent overseas body which is subject to the multilateral agreement accepted by the EA, the IAF or ILAC. 

    For a Material Approval you may use only the four laboratories listed on the WRAS website. This is because each laboratory takes part in a comparison trial in order to ensure that all laboratories are gaining similar results.

  • Can I submit an F2 application form directly to WRAS Ltd.

    Can I submit an F2 application form directly to WRAS Ltd.

    Currently you cannot submit a new application for Fitting Approval to WRAS Ltd. This is a service that we are hoping to introduce. 

  • I have a product which comprises totally of WRAS Product Approved components. What testing is needed to gain approval of this product?

    I have a product which comprises totally of WRAS Product Approved components. What testing is needed to gain approval of this product?

    Using all WRAS Approved components will reduce the mechanical testing that is required; in some cases no testing will be required.
    If no testing is required, WRAS can accept the application directly along with a completed F2 form (available on request) and a sample that will be presented by WRAS to the next available Product Assessment Group (PAG) meeting.

  • What are Installation Requirements and notes (IRN’s)?

    What are Installation Requirements and notes (IRN’s)?

    Installation requirements and notes details the installation and other requirements that apply to products as a condition of their WRAS product approval and are identified both in the directory listing and the approval documentation. On installation it is only when these conditions have been met in full that a WRAS Approved Product complies with the legal requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014.

  • Can I make additions or modifications to my WRAS Approval?

    Can I make additions or modifications to my WRAS Approval?

    It is a condition of both WRAS Fitting Approvals & WRAS Material Approvals that no modifications to the approved fitting or material shall be made without first notifying WRAS Ltd. 

    Failure to comply with this condition may invalidate an approval and result in its removal from the Water Fittings and Materials Directory. 

    Requests for modifications or additions to WRAS Approvals are considered on a case by case basis. 

  • What does my WRAS Approval cover?

    What does my WRAS Approval cover?

    WRAS Product Approval covers the models that appear on the approval documentation only. The approval does not cover re-branded products or similar products that are not included on the approval documents.

    You may wish to apply for a 'secondary product approval' to allow a factor or retailer to sell the product under a different name.

    A WRAS Material Approval covers materials stated in the Approval letter only. These materials can be used as components in an Approved Product during the standard 5-year approval period and will not require BS6920 retesting so long as approvals are still current. 

    You may wish to apply for a 'secondary material approval' to allow a factor or retailer to sell the product under a different name.

  • Are WRAS and the test laboratories one and the same?

    Are WRAS and the test laboratories one and the same?

    No, WRAS Ltd. is completely independent of the test laboratories.

    For Product Approvals, WRAS accept test reports from any suitably accredited laboratory. Contact details are available here

    For Material Approvals WRAS accept test reports from one of the four laboratories on the accepted list, here.

  • Who do I contact regarding an on-going application?

    Who do I contact regarding an on-going application?

    You should contact your chosen test laboratory while testing is being performed. WRAS will have no knowledge of applications currently with the test laboratory and will not be able to advise on the status of such applications. 

    Applicants may only contact WRAS once the product has been presented to a Product Approval Group (PAG) meeting and the approval is confirmed.

  • What advantages does a WRAS Approval give me?

    What advantages does a WRAS Approval give me?

    It ensures that, provided the product is installed or used with any conditions placed on the approval, your customers are installing a fitting/material that complies with the regs and have therefore met their legal requirement. 

  • What logo do I use and how can I use it?

    What logo do I use and how can I use it?

    All manufacturers and factors with products or materials approved by WRAS may use the scheme’s approved certification mark. 

    While this is not mandatory we would encourage that wherever practicable all associated packaging and literature for WRAS Approved Materials are suitably marked with the applicable ‘WRAS Approved’ Certification Mark.

    The WRAS logo artwork is available on request.

    All users of a ‘WRAS Approved’ Certification Mark must read and adhere to the WRAS brand guidelines

    Should you require any further information regarding branding, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the WRAS team under 'Media and Marketing'.

  • Can we rebrand the product for another customer and still claim WRAS Approval?

    Can we rebrand the product for another customer and still claim WRAS Approval? 

    No, once products or materials are re-branded, i.e. this is usually the name of the product and the identification markings with regards to a product, WRAS approval cannot be claimed. 

    Should you wish to apply for a WRAS Approval of a re-branded product please refer to secondary product approvals.

    You may also want to refer to secondary material approvals.

  • How do I check whether a product is WRAS Approved?

    How do I check whether a product is WRAS Approved?

    In the case of Fitting Approvals the approval holder will be able to provide you with an approval letter and certificate. 

    In the case of Material Approvals the approval holder will be able to provide you with an approval letter. 

    All types of approval may be viewed on the WRAS Water Fittings and Materials Directory, to be found here: insert link

  • How long does a WRAS Approval last?

    How long does a WRAS Approval last?

    A WRAS Approval based on testing is valid for a maximum period of 5 years. 

    WRAS Product Approvals are based on the date the application is submitted to the PAG meeting. 

    WRAS Material approvals are based on the date of the test report issued by the laboratory. 

    Secondary Approvals expire the same time as the original/primary approval.

  • Can I state that a WRAS Approval is pending?

    Can I state that a WRAS Approval is pending?

    No, the product either has a WRAS Approval or it doesn’t. 

    Just because an application has been submitted it does not necessarily mean that an approval will be granted.

  • If my product has been tested against some other standard will this help me when I apply for my WRAS Approval?

    If my product has been tested against some other standard will this help me when I apply for my WRAS Approval?

    Contact the WRAS Approvals team directly to discuss the the testing which has been carried out and thing which must be completed to get a WRAS Approval.

    WRAS Product Approvals – All non-metallic materials in a product (fitting) must be tested against BS 6920-1:2000 and mechanical testing must also be performed against the regulator's specification by the three listed laboratories only. 

    WRAS Material Approvals – WRAS Ltd. accept testing performed against BS 6920-1:2000 by one of the four listed laboratories only. 

  • Who accepts WRAS Approval?

    Who accepts WRAS Approval?

    WRAS Approvals are one way to demonstrate that a product or material complies with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Scottish Water Byelaws. The WRAS approval standard is accepted as a quality benchmark by water suppliers who enforce the Water Regulations and Byelaws.

    Providing the product or material is installed or applied correctly in accordance with the accompanying Installation Requirement Note (IRN) and/or within the limitations of the approval, then the product or material is deemed to comply with the Regulations and Byelaws. A product must also be fit for purpose and be installed in a 'workmanlike manner' as defined in the Regulations and Byelaws.

    WRAS Approved Products are tested for compliance with UK law. However, products and materials can be sold and used abroad subject to proof that stringent installation and curing requirements can be met, particularly for site-applied coatings for example. 
    You will also need to contact the respective authorities in the country you wish to install your product. 

  • What’s the difference between a WRAS Product Approval and a WRAS Material Approval?

    What’s the difference between a WRAS Product Approval and a WRAS Material Approval?

    WRAS Product Approval: Whole products such as valves, boilers and showers undergo mechanical and water quality testing. This type of approval demonstrates full compliance with requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Byelaws, provided the fitting is installed according to any conditions given with the approval.

    WRAS Material Approval: Non-metallic materials and components, such as rubber sheet material and ‘O’ rings, undergo testing only for their effects on water quality. This type of approval demonstrates that the non-metallic material/component does not itself contaminate the water and therefore satisfies this particularrequirement of Regulations and Byelaws

  • Can WRAS approve a prototype product?

    Can WRAS approve a prototype product?

    WRAS Approval will only be granted to production samples. A prototype or pre-production sample may only be submitted for 'approval in principle’, and may require retesting when submitted as a production sample.

  • Do WRAS assist with product development?

    Do WRAS assist with product development?

    WRAS do not assist with product development; however products can be presented to the Product Approval Group (PAG) who will provide feedback on their compliance with the Water Regulations and Byelaws.

  • Can we approach the PAG directly with a question?

    Can we approach the PAG directly with a question?

    All questions must be addressed to the secretary of the PAG (Jason Furnival) who will present them at the next available  PAG meeting.

  • My product has failed the testing, what happens next?

    My product has failed the testing, what happens next?

    Should a product undergoing mechanical testing fail to satisfy a requirement of an individual test code sheet then a record of the failure must be made in the test report or attached to the final report and a new sample requested. Complete retesting is then required unless it can be shown that replacement of the failed component or product would not affect the performance of other tests already carried out on the sample which failed. 

  • Does WRAS perform any testing?

    Does WRAS perform any testing?

    No. WRAS does not undertake any testing and has a list of accredited, independent test laboratories for products and materials

  • What samples are needed for testing?

    What samples are needed for testing?

    The samples required for testing are dependent on product type and can be found in the Sampling Matrix.

  • Is WRAS Approval accepted in other countries?

    Is WRAS Approval accepted in other countries?

    You will need to contact the respective authorities in the country you wish to install your product. 

  • Will WRAS grant approval to a fitting which does not have any identification markings?

    Will WRAS grant approval to a product which does not have any identification markings?

    All products must be marked in accordance with TCS 6001.1.

  • Do the digits in the WRAS Approval number mean anything?

    Do the digits in the WRAS Approval number mean anything?

    The digits refer to the tell WRAS, the approval holder and others the year and month of approval as well as, in the last three digits, which test laboratory undertook the testing and whether it was an early audit for a re-approval.

    Material approval numbers are created in a similar way with the 'YY MM XXX' format and can most readily be distinguished by having the number '5' as the fifth figure in the approval number. 

    See the diagram below which shows how the numbering system works for Approved Products.


  • Who grants the approval?

    Who grants the approval?

    WRAS Approval is granted directly by representatives of the water suppliers.

  • From where can I purchase a WRAS Approved Product?

    Where can I purchase a WRAS Approved Product?

    Various factors and retailers sell WRAS Approved products. You can refer to the WRAS Approvals Directory and contact the manufacturer of a product to establish where items listed can be purchased. You may also want to perform a web search for the product.


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