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A range of imported precast concrete drainage products are being placed in the UK market without third-party verification, British Precast has revealed

British Precast has discovered that a range of imported precast concrete drainage products such as manhole rings, manhole covers, seating rings, corbels and gully raisers are being placed in the UK market without visible proof of third-party verification or assessment of conformity to relevant European and British standards.

As a result, British Precast says customers can have no confidence in the performance of such products. Third-party verification systems are crucial to the industry as they ensure a product’s quality, durability and safe performance in service.

A number of UK industry specifications, such as ‘Sewers for Adoption’, ‘Civil Engineering Specification for the Water Industry’ (CESWI) and different highways’ standards and manuals, require specific precast drainage products to conform to relevant provisions of British Standards such as BS 5911-3. This can only be assured through third-party certification.

Colin Nessfield, technical manager of British Precast, said: “Customers, and others in the product supply chain have a responsibility to ensure that the precast drainage products they purchase have the necessary 3rd party assessments and certification, which is the minimum required by the Construction Products Regulation.

“Ignoring these requirements plays into the narrative that elements of the construction industry are still unconcerned about product safety, quality and client satisfaction.”


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