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Suitability for the transportation of potable water

The materials and articles intended for conduction of potable water do not fall within the range of application of the European Directive concerning contact with foodstuffs. Each Member State has therefore legislated autonomously on this matter. Nevertheless, a new project, EAS, is in progress by the European Commission with the aim to harmonise all national regulations about drinking water.

In Italy one refers to Ministry of Health Decree n. 174 of 6 April 2004, which replaces Ministry of Health Circular n. 102 of 2 December 1978, and which prescribes the use of all the monomers, starting substances, additives and colourings provided for by the legislation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, as per ministerial decree of 21 March 1973 and subsequent amendments, with the conditions, limitations and tolerances for use provided for therein.

Certain countries have developed quality standards which are increasingly establishing themselves as references for the sector, such as NSF 61, ACS, WRAS (through WRc) and KTW, which issue their approvals on materials and articles only after carrying out strict testing c/o accredited and certified laboratories. Even in these cases, Lati S.p.A. possesses and is able to develop specific formulations upon the customer's needs, providing, upon request, the relevant certificates of conformity.

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