The Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Taps and Valves. The prime objective of AGRIVAL is to encourage research and technical development of the sector and its main activity is focused on the standardisation and certification of products.
The European Association for the Valve Industry (CEIR). CEIR gathers together a large number of European manufacturers in the field of valves and fittings. CEIR supports the principles of a free economy and private enterprise in Europe as well as on a global basis. CEIR represents the common economic, technical and scientific interests of the European valve industries, in particular towards international authorities and economic and commercial circles.
Founded in 1947, CSTB (Scientific and Technical Centre for Building) is an industrial and commercial public body, placed under the supervision of the French Ministry of Equality of Regions and Housing (METL) and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE).
CSTB's purpose is to serve innovation in building. To do this, it performs four key activities, namely research, expertise, evaluation and dissemination of knowledge, organised to satisfy the challenges of sustainable development in the world of construction. Its field of expertise covers construction products, buildings and their integration into districts and cities. CSTB assessment of innovations provides construction stakeholders with reliable data on component performance levels and durability (processes, materials, elements and equipment) within well-defined areas of application and conditions of use. CSTB supports construction stakeholders by enabling the emergence of innovations, bringing them to market and ensuring their security.
At European level, CSTB acts as a technical assessment organization. It is also an authorized CE marking assessor. CSTB and its subsidiary organizations lead the way in the certification of products and structures. CSTB certification activities and test laboratories are accredited by COFRAC, the French national accreditation body.
The CSTB mission is to gather, develop and share with construction professionals the scientific and technical knowledge crucial for improving the quality and safety of buildings and their environment. Its professional support role is a priority, and the work it does is organized in such a way as to be accessible to all construction industry stakeholders and partners.
CSTB offer a host of services that aids manufacturers in achieving compliance to the European Water Label.
The European Commission has offices, called Representations, in all the Member States of the European Union.
Their chief duties are:
* Speaking for the Commission. This includes providing background briefings for the media as well as on-the-record comment on issues relevant to the Commission.
* Reporting back to the Commission in Brussels on political, economic and social developments.
* Providing information about the European Union across the UK through recognised outlets such as public libraries, business advice centres and education services.
European Environment Agency
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Our task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. We are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Currently, the EEA has 32 member countries.
NSF-WRc is a UKAS accredited test facility that specialises in the verification of product performance and regulatory compliance for the water fitting industry; through mechanical testing, materials testing, certification and consultancy.
NSF-WRc has extensive laboratory facilities providing independent, third-party testing against a range of industry, national and international standards for the assessment of mechanical and hygienic requirements for products designed for the treatment, supply and use of water. NSF-WRc provides services related to UK approvals including WRAS Product Approvals, BS6920, TMV2, TMV3 and BuildCert. NSF-WRc can also carry out both mechanical and materials tests to a variety of European standards and International Standards.
Safe Plumbing - Plumbers Manufacturing International (PMI)
SafePlumbing.org offers a one-stop source for information on how plumbing fixtures and fittings impact water efficiency and clean drinking water.
PMI is the trade association of plumbing products manufacturers in the USA. Its member companies produce most of the nation's plumbing products.
European Energy Network
EnR is a voluntary network currently numbering twenty four European energy agencies, with responsibility for the planning, management or review of national research, development, demonstration or dissemination programmes in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy and climate change abatement.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
World Plumbing Council
Their mission is to promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment, by uniting the World Plumbing Industry, for all.
Kiwa is an independent highly qualified organization having certification as its core business. This is being supported by inspection, testing, technology, training and consultancy. Clients are public utilities, water utilities, (local) government agencies, manufacturing and process industries, (business) services and international organizations. Kiwa works for clients in many industries, but the emphasis is on water and energy, construction and infrastructure, mobility, feed & food, safety, environment and care.