WRAS - What is it and why does it matter?
Invacare has recently launched the Aquatec Pure Bidet, an electronic bidet toilet seat that fits directly to existing toilets offering a modern, discreet way of providing independence to individuals that require support with personal hygiene. The stylish and highly functional Aquatec Pure Bidet is currently the only electronic bidet in the UK market that has the mandatory Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) approval and Class II medical device classification.1
What is WRAS?
The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, or WRAS, is a subscription membership company that contributes to the protection of public health by preventing contamination of public water supplies and encourages the efficient use of water (WRAS, 2017).
WRAS has four core objectives that help them to promote and facilitate compliance. They aim to:
- Raise awareness and understanding of the Water Fittings Regulations*.
- Provide an approval scheme, processes and guidance to enable organisations and individuals to demonstrate compliance.
- Provide cost effective support to water companies.
- Represent the UK water supply industry and help the development of relevant guidance, codes of practice and standards.
Why does WRAS Approval matter?
Achieving WRAS approval is highly important as any water fitting, which when installed, will carry or receive water from the public mains supply in the UK, must comply with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations or Scottish Byelaws. (WRAS, 2017).
For manufacturers to ensure that they are adhering to these regulations, WRAS Approval is the simplest way to demonstrate their compliance as it is granted directly by representatives of the water suppliers, and therefore is accepted by every water supplier in the UK.
This approval helps to provide re-assurance to users, and members of the public, that any product that is connected to the water supply is safe, hygienic and not causing any harm to the environment.
The WRAS Approved Pure Bidet
After undergoing a strenuous testing procedure at the WRAS testing facility in South Wales, the Aquatec Pure Bidet was granted full WRAS Approval. This accreditation not only demonstrates Invacare, and Aquatec’s, commitment to delivering products of the highest standard to their customers, but also uniquely and positively separates the Aquatec Pure Bidet from similar products that are currently available in the UK market.
To ensure that the Aquatec Pure Bidet is of the highest quality and upmost reliability, it also fully conforms to the directive 93/42/EEC for medical devices, therefore ensuring essential safety for those with personal care needs as a result of mobility impairment or physical disability. The Aquatec Pure Bidet is also compliant to DIN EN 1717, which is the European standard for protection against pollution of potable water installations.
Water Regulations Advisory Scheme. (2017). ‘What is a WRAS Approval?’ (Online). https://www.wras.co.uk/approvals/what_is_a_wras_approval/
- Information correct at the time of publication 30/10/2017. Ref: WRAS register -
*'Water Fittings Regulations’ refers to The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 and The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014.