Implementation and Transition
The improved Scheme was launched on 1 July 2016 with:
- publication of the draft WaterMark Scheme Rules; and
- publication of a Notice of Direction advising the cost recovery arrangements for the improved scheme.
It is anticipated the new WaterMark Product Database will be launched later in 2016.
On 1 January 2017 it is anticipated the finalised version of the improved single level WaterMark Scheme Rules will be published and the new cost recovery arrangements will be implemented.
On 1 July 2017 progressive transition to the improved Scheme will commence, having provided industry with sufficient time to adjust.
- Within 1 year of implementation all renewals of Approved Certifier Agreements and product licences are to be completed in accordance with the requirements of the single level scheme.
- Within 3 years all retained existing Level 2 products are to be re-certified in accordance with the requirements of the single level scheme.
- Within 5 years all retained existing Level 1 products are to be re-certified in accordance with the requirements of the single level scheme.
For a more detailed timeline, please refer to the Improved WaterMark Certification Scheme Transition Timeline.
Other changes to Scheme requirements that will impact on stakeholder practice, compliance and/or enforcement will be introduced incrementally, with appropriate lead and transition times as determined in consultation with affected parties (i.e. manufacturers and suppliers, WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies, Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), Standards Australia, National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA), testing laboratories and the State and Territory Plumbing Administrations).
A more detailed status of the key areas of the improved Scheme is available.