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WaterMark Certification Scheme 
IAPMO R&T Oceana > WaterMark Certification
 

 

WaterMark is a mandatory Australian national certification scheme required by the Plumbing Regulators and detailed in the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA).  The PCA prescribes the procedures and requirements of the WaterMark Certification Scheme (WMCS), therefore ensuring a uniform national approach to plumbing product certification, with industry and regulatory recognition throughout Australia.

Minimum levels of certification

The PCA defines two levels of certification for plumbing products. WaterMark Level 1 and WaterMark Level 2. AS5200.000 Section 5 of this Standard nominates the minimum level of certification and the relevant Standard / Specification applicable for each product.

WaterMark Level 1 - through an audit program for higher risk products.

Requires that products comply with the ABCB’s "Procedure for certification of Plumbing and Drainage Products"  as specified in the PCA and are certified under a program in accordance with the principles of ISO/IEC 17067:2013, System 5.

Certification System 5 includes testing, assessment and surveillance of the quality system involved. The products being certified are assessed ongoing for conformity.

WaterMark Level 2 - through a type test program for lower risk products.

Requires that products comply with the ABCB’s "Procedure for certification of Plumbing and Drainage Products" as specified in the PCA and are certified under a program in accordance with the principles of ISO/IEC 17067:2013, System 1b.

Certification System 1b includes testing those products samples are assessed for conformity before a certificate of conformity (licence) is issued.

 

REQUIRED ELEMENTS  OF THE WATERMARK

PRODUCT CERTIFICATION SYSTEM

WaterMark Level 1 (System 5)

WaterMark Level 2 (System 1b)

Selection (sampling), as applicable

 

x

x

Determination of characteristics, as applicable, by:

a) testing (ISO/IEC 17025)

b) inspection (ISO/IEC 17020)

c) design appraisal

d) assessment of services

 

x

x

Review (evaluation)

 

x

x

Decision on certification

Granting, maintaining, extending, suspending, withdrawing certification

x

x

Licensing (attestation)

Granting, maintaining, extending, suspending, withdrawing the right to use certificates or marks

x

x

Surveillance, as applicable by:

a) testing or inspection of samples from the open market

b) testing or inspection of samples from the factory

c) quality system audits combined with random tests or inspections

d) assessment of the production process or service

 

 

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

Unlisted Products

When the product is not specifically listed in the ABCB’s "Procedure for certification of Plumbing and Drainage Products" , separate procedures are in place to establish whether certification is required; the Standard that may be applicable; and the appropriate certification level.

WaterMark level applicable for unlisted products.

Whether the WaterMark Level 1 or Level 2 is required is determined by the level of risk of the products and the need for certification, with more stringent requirements required for the WaterMark Level 1.

Refer to ABCB’s "Procedure for certification of Plumbing and Drainage Products" for more details regarding the determination of the applicable WaterMark Level for unlisted products.