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industry thatwill need to be addressed perhaps it is nowtime to look atwhat is available to ensure thatmaterials and products get independently tested to ensure that they ‘dowhat it says on the tin’.


Whilst this articlewas originally earmarked for including testing and compliance of personnel aswell asmaterials and products, having looked back over 2020 I think perhaps training and certification has been covered enough for now. So,wewill nowconcentrate more on thematerials and products side of this equation.


sector that nowcarries the CEmark. It is also the case that the UKCAmark is not to be recognised in the EU, so anyone planning to export products or equipment that has carried the CEmarkwill need to ensure that is continues to do so if exports are to the EU as well as carrying the newUKCAmark for use in the UK.


Just looking briefly at this one situation highlights that there is probably a lot ofwork to be done by exporters in the UK to ensure that all products andmaterial conformand complywith the newregulatory systems that will be required post-Brexit. Still itwill keep people busy and on their toes for awhile and


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perhaps let folks think a little less about the pandemic for awhile!


Sowhilst there is probablymuch that could be discussed here about the newregulatory regime post-Brexitwewill not aswe don’t have thatmuch space to paywith. But please be aware there is a lot of change that either should have already beenmade aswell as that which has to come and again thiswill be within a limited timeframe formany. Be aware!


TESTINGOPTIONS


Sowhilstwe have to some extent skipped over some of the newcompliance bits in


There are very familiar names that come to mind in terms of testingwhen it comes to the sorts of technologies thatwe find in the drainage sector, two of these are IKT andWRc. What follows are indicators of the types of testing these organisations undertake and the sorts of ‘certification’ they can providewhen it comes to product performance and applicability to the industry. These are of course not the only operations that offer testing ofmaterials and products but they do give a good general picture of the type of testing available to various parts of the drainage sector. For any that feel they should have been included but have not been apologies in advance.Wewill always be happy to hear fromindividually if you something further to offer thatmight fitted into the remit of this piece. Please feel free to contact Drain Traderwith any neweditorial input. But for nowlet us see howjust a couple of organisations organise their independent testing regimes.


IKT IKT does appear to have a focus on


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