BVAA Technical Activity - June 2022
Each month, the BVAA Principal Technical Consultant, Peter Dix, provides members with a Technical Activity report for the previous month. Here are the highlights from the June report:
Brexit PED / PE(S)R Update
The UK Government announced several measures aimed at reducing the cost of UKCA compliance by easing the bottleneck created by the need for various re-certifications to be conducted by the conformity assessment bodies. The measures announced covered re-testing and re-certification requirements, removal of the need to re-certify imported stock before the end of the year, acceptance of CE marked spare parts and temporary labelling requirements were extended until the end of 2025.
However, the announcement does not delay the mandatory implementation of the UKCA mark scheme, it simply eases the timing of some requirements to transition from CE certification to UKCA.
A Hot Spot has been issued, and when more details are confirmed about the measures affecting pressure equipment then further Hot Spots will be issued and the BVAA guidance revised to reflect this.
Standardisation Activity Summary
22 new documents published in BSI PSE/18 and BSI PSE 18/1 during June. CEN TC69 held their annual plenary meeting in June and so several of the documents relate to this.
BSI went live with a new document management system in June which is the same software as used by ISO and CEN, therefore connectivity between the three organisations committees and documents is much improved.
Approved or Confirmed Standards
ISO 5210:2017 Multi-turn and ISO 5211:2017 Part-turn valve actuator attachments were confirmed during June. A proposal by the USA to revise the standards to include UN threads was not supported by other countries.
Draft International Standard Ballots
ISO/DIS 5115 Part-turn valve actuation received a unanimous positive vote at DIS ballot, but a massive 172 comments were made. Many comments were submitted by the BVAA via BSI following contributions from members as reported last month. The development of this draft standard has some way to go before a consensus is reached.
EN ISO/DIS 5117 Automatic steam traps-Production and performance characteristic tests also received a unanimous positive vote at both ISO and parallel CEN ballots with 142 comments, including UK/ BVAA input to be considered.
New Work Items
No new work items were approved in June, however work in BSI PSE 18/2 continued on the proposal to revise BS 7350:1990 Double regulating globe valves and flow measurement devices for heating and child water systems. A further meeting of the project group will be held in July before the justification for revision submission to BSI is planned.
The inaugural meeting of the newly reincarnated BVAA Subsea TEG was held in June. The main purpose of this first meeting was to introduce the planned work on the new API 17PV Subsea Structure Valve Specification project.
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