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Approval scheme for building components that come into contact with drinking water

30.01.2013

On 1 April 2013, the approval scheme for building components that come into contact with drinking water (the VA approval scheme) will be replaced by a new approval scheme for building components that come into contact with drinking water. This is part of a modernisation of the scheme.

The new scheme will be entitled “The approval scheme for building components approved for use with drinking water”. The new secretariat for the scheme will be called “The secretariat for building components approved for use with drinking water”. The Danish Technological Institute has been appointed as secretariat.

Building components covered by the scheme
Building components that come into contact with drinking water, including e.g. taps, water pipes, hoses, fittings, valves, products for waterproofing, friction agents for pipes and other building components that come into contact with drinking water located before the draining point. This is not changed compared with the VA approval scheme.

Products which are no longer covered by the scheme
The scope of application for the new scheme will be more restricted than the VA approval scheme. A number of products will be regulated by other legislation, i.e. food legislation. Accordingly, products will be removed from the scheme to prevent double regulation. This means that, in future, the requirements for health properties of such products, and documentation in this respect, will solely be subject to food legislation. 

All building components and products, which are not a fixed part of permanent installations and which are therefore typically placed after the draining point, will therefore no longer be covered by the scheme. These include e.g. water treatment installations (water filters), cold and hot drinks dispensers, ice-makers, refrigerators/freezers with water coolers, etc. In future, such products that come into contact with drinking water will solely be subject to regulation and supervision from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and will be referred to as food contact materials.

For enterprises producing food, and where drinking water is part of the production, the draining point must be located before any integrated production system. As previously, components which are part of the production system and which come into contact with ingredients that are included in food production, will solely be covered by food legislation.

Labelled as “approved for use with drinking water” and a transitional scheme for VA-approved building components
The change of name of the scheme means that the designation “VA approval” and “VA label” must no longer be applied for building components approved in accordance with the approval scheme for building components that come into contact with drinking water.

The new scheme will include a new labelling for building components approved in accordance with the scheme, and this labelling should be used by manufacturers, importers, etc. in connection with sale and marketing of building components. Building components covered by the scheme in future must have the new “approved for use with drinking water” label. Building components, which have obtained VA approval before the entry into force of the scheme, must be re-labelled within 12 months.

All building components that come into contact with drinking water, and if approval is applied for after 1 April 2013, must fulfil the new requirements. Until cessation of the approval period laid down for the building components, components for which a VA approval has been obtained before 1 April 2013 must comply with the requirements applicable for the current VA approval scheme. For renewal of a VA approval after 1 April 2013, a new application for approval must be submitted according to the new requirements.

Modernisation of the approval scheme
In relation to the VA approval scheme, a number of significant changes have been carried out. In future, the scheme will solely cover compulsory approvals and therefore only cover the health properties of the building components and no longer the physical/mechanical properties of the building components. As mentioned above, all non-permanent installations will be removed from the scheme and become subject to food legislation under which they must comply with the same requirements for health properties.

In relation to types of materials, coating materials which are today not covered by the scheme will be covered by the scheme in future to the extent that they belong to the permanent installations. In relation to requirements for random sampling of approved building components, this requirement will now also cover all building components in the scheme. Furthermore, now a requirement to test for nickel will be introduced and the requirement on lead from taps has been reduced from 20 µg to 5 µg three years after entry into force of the executive order.

Finally, there are changes to the fee scheme. The fee payable by enterprises will increase by about DKK 800. The fee will be about DKK 9,775, and this will be price-adjusted each year. In future, there will be only one fee and one approval period of three years.

The modernisation will strengthen both the purpose and administrative set-up of the scheme. An important objective with these changes is to facilitate enterprises’ use of the scheme, as the requirements and guidelines to be followed will be clarified. At the same time, the changes will ensure better consumer protection. 

More information about the approval scheme
The new executive orders for the approval scheme are available at these links:

Bekendtgørelse om udstedelse af godkendelser for byggevarer i kontakt med drikkevand

Bekendtgørelse om betaling for behandling af ansøgninger om godkendelse af byggevarer i kontakt med drikkevand


In spring 2013, before entry into force of the approval scheme, the secretariat for building components that come into contact with drinking water will draw up guidelines for applicants etc. on the approval scheme, the application procedure, requirements etc. A website: www.godkendttildrikkevand.dk will also be set up which will be available from 1 February 2013, and an information campaign will be carried out in the sector. Contact information for the Secretariat for building components that come into contact with drinking water will be available at this new website.

Up until 31 March 2013 the VA approval scheme will continue as previously and ETA-Danmark will continue to manage the scheme until this time. For queries relating to the VA approval scheme, refer to ETA-Danmark until 31 March 2013.

What the “Approved for use with drinking water” label looks like
As of 1 April 2013, consumers purchasing building components that come into contact with drinking water must look for the new label, which is the consumers’ guarantee that the building component meets Danish standards in relation to health. The label “Approved for use with drinking water”:

Logo - Godkendt til drikkevand

The label will be fitted on the building component itself and on a sticker on the building component or the packaging. In special cases, the label will be in accompanying documentation on the building component.

VA label until 1 April 2014
Until 1 April 2014 consumers may still see the old label for the approval scheme, which is based on the VA label. It looks like this:

Logo - Gamle VA mærke