In South Africa it is a legal requirement that all[1] plumbing products must comply with their respective national standards. It is therefore the responsibility of all manufacturers or suppliers of plumbing components to provide reasonable evidence that their products comply with these requirements.

The legislation is silent on what method manufacturers or suppliers should use to provide such evidence. This means that manufacturers could use test reports or certification from a variety of local or international test houses or certification bodies. Unfortunately, history has shown that misleading reports and product claims can persuade an unsuspecting consumer to use a product that does not comply with legal requirements.

 This makes it challenging for consumers, plumbers and architects etc. to verify if components may legally be installed or not. This is where the SA Watermark can assist. The SA Watermark applies a rigorous set of checks and balances to verify test reports and certification schemes, in order to prevent consumers being misled regarding the compliance of any plumbing component.

The rules for listing on the SA Watermark have been drawn up in a manner that ensures that all national legislation and programs are respected and complied with. International best practice methods have been merged with local legislation to develop the checks and balances of the SA Watermark.

SA Watermark is therefore equally accessible to international corporate companies as well as to local small to medium enterprises.

[1] A complete list of all products that is legally required to comply with their respective national standards are published in the following standards: SANS 10252-1, SANS 10252-2 & SANS 10254.