When it comes to ensuring the safety, reliability, and compliance of building products, Kiwa stands at the forefront with a rich history dating back to 1948. With roots in the Dutch drinking water industry, Kiwa was initially established to examine items that come into contact with drinking water.
Over the years, Kiwa has expanded its expertise and global reach, becoming a leading Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) company in multiple sectors, including energy, water, and construction. Today, Kiwa offers a comprehensive range of certification services, including KUKreg4 and Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV) Certification, enabling manufacturers to meet regulatory requirements and gain a competitive edge in the market.
Kiwa’s KUKreg4 is a robust product approval scheme specifically designed to ensure compliance with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. This scheme is a vital requirement for manufacturers and distributors of sanitary and plumbing products intended for installation in the UK. By obtaining KUKreg4 certification, companies demonstrate their commitment to meeting the strict regulations governing water fittings, ensuring the safety and integrity of the water supply system. Kiwa’s rigorous assessment process helps manufacturers identify any potential non-compliance issues and provides guidance on rectifying them, guaranteeing that their products meet the highest standards of quality and safety.
For manufacturers of thermostatic mixing valves, Kiwa offers TMV Certification, specifically tailored to meet compliance requirements against EN 1111, EN 1287, and NHS Estates requirements D08. TMV Certification encompasses two types of valves: Type 2 TMV, complying with UK Building Regulations for commercial and domestic premises, and Type 3 TMV, meeting NHS Regulations for healthcare facilities. Kiwa’s TMV Certification process combines comprehensive product testing, annual factory production control audits, and continuous testing plans over the product’s lifetime. This thorough approach ensures that the valves consistently deliver accurate temperature control, preventing scalding incidents and ensuring user safety.
Throughout its history, Kiwa has continuously evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the industry, expanding its services and global presence. With a commitment to excellence, Kiwa maintains ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories and adheres to strict certification processes compliant with ISO/IEC 17065 product certification schemes. This dedication to quality and compliance has earned Kiwa a strong reputation as a trusted partner in the building product industry.
Benefits of Kiwa’s Certification Services:
- Independent Evaluation: Kiwa’s certifications provide manufacturers with an independent evaluation, showcasing their commitment to quality and compliance.
- Market Differentiation: Certification by Kiwa allows manufacturers to differentiate their products in a competitive market, giving them an edge over non-certified alternatives.
- Ongoing Compliance: Annual audits and continuous testing plans ensure that certified products remain compliant even as regulations evolve, providing peace of mind to manufacturers and end-users.
- Enhanced Visibility: Inclusion in Kiwa’s KUKreg4 database and adherence to TMV Certification make compliant products easily discoverable by water suppliers, architects, and specifiers.
With a rich heritage rooted in the protection of public health and safety, Kiwa has emerged as a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification. The KUKreg4 scheme and TMV Certification exemplify Kiwa’s commitment to ensuring compliance with stringent regulations while maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety. By partnering with Kiwa for certification services, manufacturers can enhance their product’s reputation, gain a competitive advantage, and instil confidence in their customers.
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