This project will define a way forward by developing the basis for means by which consumers can differentiate between the nickel risk posed by products. It seeks to establish new testing standards that are accurate, reliable, repeatable, accessible and inexpensive. This would help manufacturers improve production processes and design products less likely to expose consumers to nickel.
It will also provide a means by which products can be differentiated on the basis of testing for nickel leaching, providing appropriate guidance to purchasers of fittings, based on on-going testing and assurance
This contributes to the big question ‘How do we achieve 100% compliance with drinking water standards at the point of use by 2050?’
This project will enable the identification of ‘low nickel’ or ‘nickel free’ products so that, if highlighted by manufacturers, retailers and approval schemes, consumers would be able to make informed choices.
A testing standard and associated acceptance criteria, is an essential precursor to enhanced regulation of metals within water fittings. Regulation may be required if voluntary mechanisms do not work, and the project will involve liaison with regulators – the 3 UK water quality regulators have indicated their support for this project.