Building components that come into contact with drinking water

Last updated 13/11/2019
It is a requirement that building components in contact with drinking water is approved before being placed on the Danish market. The purpose of the regulation is to ensure the quality of the drinking water.

About building components that come into contact with drinking water

Last updated 13/11/2019
The purpose of the regulation regarding components that come into contact with drinking water, is to ensure the quality of the drinking water.

NOTE

The current Executive Order is under review. Please keep updated on this website.

The Executive Order on the placement on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water states that to be placed on the market or sold, it must be documented that the building component as a whole or the subassemblies in contact with water of which the building component consists are:

 

  • GDV approved in Denmark;
  • certified in Germany with a DVGW-certificate;
  • approved in the Netherlands with an ATA approval/The KIWA Water Mark; or
  • type approved in Sweden by either RISE or KIWA Sweden.

The GDV scheme is therefore voluntary if companies who market and sell building components in contact with drinking water (manufacturer/importer/distributor) can provide documentation according to dot 2-4 above.

For more information, please read the guidelines published by the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority found below.

 

Building components covered by the Executive Order

All factory-made building components in contact with drinking water such as taps and other building components in contact with and connected to the cold drinking water supply and therefore included in the fixed installation for drinking water in the building from the property boundary to and including the tap (i.e. the point where the user releases the cold drinking water).

It is stated in the Executive Order, which building components that are exempted from the requirement of approval.

Executive order

BEK nr 1007

Executive Order on the placment on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water

Valid from

20/08/2010

BEK nr 1007 Executive Order on the placment on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water
Guidelines

Guidelines on health-related documentation for building components that come into contact with drinking water

The purpose of these guidelines is to clarify and present the requirements of the Executive Order.

Questions to the rules and the GDV scheme

Any questions regarding health-related documentation in relation to marketing and sale of building components in contact with drinking water in Denmark and the GDV scheme can be addressed to the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority via email: GDV@tbst.dk or phone: +45 7221 8800.

The GDV scheme

Last updated 14/11/2019
The GDV scheme is a fee funded approval scheme for building components in contact with drinking water where building components can be approved and certified for placement on the market and sale in Denmark.

The approval scheme for building components in contact with drinking water (GDV) covers only the health properties of building components, namely migration of potentially harmful substances into drinking water.


The Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority is the regulatory authority for the approval scheme and are managing the processing of applications for GDV approval.


The Danish Environmental Protection Agency under the Ministry of Environment and Food advises the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority on requirements, test basis and methods in order to ensure that the quality requirements for building components in contact with drinking water are fulfilled when the water reaches the taps of consumers.


The Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority refers to the Executive Order on drinking water, the list of drinking water quality criterias as well as the guidelines on water quality and inspections with water supply systems published by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (both Danish only).

Apply for GDV approval

Applicants must meet the requirements of the Executive Order on placement on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water as well as the guidelines of the GDV scheme.


Please note that applications cannot be submitted before all health-related documentation is in place. Find more information on the requirements of the GDV scheme below.


Read about the conditions of GDV approval, including which building components are covered by or exempt from approval in the scheme, and which building component can obtain a voluntary approval.

Instruction

Guidance on water quality and inspection with water supply plants - Danish only

The Executive Order on Water Quality and Supervision of Water Supply Systems sets quality requirements for drinking water and for water, for which special quality requirements are set

Executive order

BEK nr 1070

Bekendtgørelse om vandkvalitet og tilsyn med vandforsyningsanlæg

Valid from

28/10/2018

Drikkevandsbekendtgørelsen

Executive order

BEK nr 1007

Executive Order on the placment on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water

Valid from

20/08/2010

BEK nr 1007 Executive Order on the placment on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water

Contact the GDV scheme

Processing of applications is managed by the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority.

Applicant may expect to receive an initial review of an application within 4 weeks after submission.

The authority can be contacted with questions on applications and the rules for market and sale of building components in contact with drinking water via email:

GDV@tbst.dk

Conditions of approval

Last updated 14/11/2019
GDV approval can be applied for building components in contact with drinking water with the purpose of market and sale in Denmark.

Conditions for application of GDV approval

The applicant must ensure that the requirements of the Executive Order on market and sale of building components in contact with drinking water are met as well as the guidelines to the GDV scheme.


This includes to:

  • document the health-related properties of the building component. Either by submitting certificates/approvals accepted by the scheme or to have the building component assessed and tested
  • according to the requirements of Appendix 1 of the Executive Order.
  • fill out and submit the electronic application form with the required documentation via the form under 'Apply for GDV Approval'.
  • document the application with the information mentioned in the guidelines, including the relevant Schedule(s) of material(s) or a semilar presentation of components and materials.
  • read the solemn declaration on the establishment of a self-check programme and declare in the application form that such a programme will be established.
  • possibly submit the declaration on signed agreement on annual inspection, if the applicant at the time of submission of the application has not obtained a final inspection agreement.

 

Read more about building components covered by the approval requirement under 'Building components covered by the approval requirement' and about building components not covered or excempted from the approval requirement under 'Components not covered by or excempted from the approval requirement'. Note that only products placed on the market and sold with the purpose of use with drinking water are subjected to the requirement of approval.

Executive order

BEK nr 1007

Executive Order on the placment on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water

Valid from

20/08/2010

BEK nr 1007 Executive Order on the placment on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water

Marking of GDV approved building components

GDV approved building components may be marked with the "Godkendt til drikkevand"-mark ("Approved for drinking water") according to section 6(2-4 and 6) of the Executive Order.


Approvals for building components issued before July 1 2016 are required to be marked with "Godkendt til drikkevand", whereas marking is voluntary for approvals issues from July 1 2016 and onwards.


Marking with "Godkendt til drikkevand" must be designed as stated in Appendix 2 of the Executive Order.

The two versions of the mark are found below in the format of ai for download. The font used is Helvetica Bold Condensed.

Logo

Approved for drinking water logo

Logo for 'Approved for drinking water'.

Logo

Approved for drinking water mark

Logo for 'Approved for drinking water'.

Approval fee

As of July 1 2018, the fee for a GDV approval will regulated hourly.


Companies are required to pay a fee for any activities in connection with the issue of GDV approvals, including processing of applications, mandatory reporting, providing information to applicants and the public about the application procedure and about the scheme in general, etc.


Continuations, renewals and revocations of GDV approvals are also covered by the fee.


The fee is regulated by the Executive Order on fees for the construction area by the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority (Danish language only).


The Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority announces fee adjustments on this website.

Task Fee size More information
GDV approval 1350 kr. per hour As of July 1 2018, the fee for a GDV approval will regulated hourly

Executive order

BEK nr 1470

Bekendtgørelse om gebyrer på byggeområdet fastsat af Trafik-, Bygge- og Boligstyrelsen

Valid from

12/12/2018

Denne bekendtgørelse fastsætter bestemmelser om gebyrer på byggeområdet fastsat af Trafik-, Bygge- og Boligstyrelsen.

Building components covered by the approval requirement

Last updated 14/11/2019
This page lists building components covered by the approval requirement. The list is not complete and will be edited as needed.
Please be aware that the list below of building components covered by the approval requirement is only applicable if the building component is marketed for use in connection with drinking water. Building components that are covered by the Executive Order on Approval, but are placed on the market solely for purposes other than contact with drinking water, do not require an approval.

 

List of building components covered by the approval requirement

Hoses and pipes

  • Hose kits (hoses with fittings in both ends)
  • Pipes made of plastic/elastomers
  • Pipes of metal

 

Fittings and manifolds

  • Fittings of plastic/elastomers
  • Fittings of metal
  • Fittings of metal and plastic/elastomers
  • Manifolds of metal
  • Manifolds of plastic/elastomers

Taps

  • Taps with extension hose
  • Taps without extension hose

Valves

  • Valves of metal
  • Valves of metal and plastic/elastomers
  • Valves of plastic/elastomers

 

Devices that are a part of the fixed installation

  • Water treatment device
  • Drinking water coolers
  • Water meters
  • Filters
  • Sealant and lining

 


Building components that are used as a permanent or temporary repair of leaking water pipes, such as collar leak clamps and repair clamps when they are part of or connected to the permanent pipework in a housing area from the property boundary to the draining point and thereby come into contact with drinking water.

 

If in doubt as to whether a building component is covered by the Executive Order, please see the Guidelines or contact the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority on GDV@tbst.dk for guidance.

Components not covered by or excempted from the approval requirement

Last updated 14/11/2019
This page lists building components not covered by or excempted from the approval requirement. The list is not complete and will be edited as needed.

List of building components not covered by or excempted from the approval requirement

  • Building components that are part of non-permanent installations, e.g. water treatment systems (water filters), cold and hot drinks machines, water coolers, ice cube machines, refrigerators and freezers with water coolers, etc. Such building components that are not requiring approval for use with drinking water can be subject to documentation requirements in accordance with other legislations, e.g. the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration's requirement for food contact materials.
  • Building components that are installed as part of the fixed installation, but are solely placed on the market or sold in Denmark for purposes other than for use in connection with drinking water, e.g. "outdoor valves", taps for boiling water, taps for showers, when they are solely placed on the market or sold for other purposes (e.g. bidets, showers, tubs and boiling water).
  • Connecting hoses connecting a non-permanent water filter when they are connected after the draining point.
  • Chrome-plated compression nuts for joints between galvanised pipes and copper pipes that do not come into contact with drinking water.
  • Built-in cisterns, toilets and corresponding connection hoses where draining points are not part of the installation.
  • Water heaters, hot water tanks, water cookers and boiling water storage heaters that do not lead (cold) drinking water to the draining points.
  • Building component assessed as not having or having only marginal contact with drinking water, e.g. O-rings, flax/hemp, jointing compounds, tap lubricant, PTFE tape for threaded joints, sealing cord for threaded joints, adhesive and other anaerobic sealants used in threaded joints, solder, thread cutting lubricant, friction agent for plastic pipes.
  • Building component with no significant contact with drinking water in terms of time, e.g. aerators.
  • Building components made of electric or hot-dip zinc plated steel/ galvanized steel.
  • Building components made of copper.
  • Building components that are used as a permanent or temporary repair of leaking water pipes, such as collar leak clamps and repair clamps, but alone are intended for the repair of such small leaks that the product has no or only a very marginal contact with drinking water.

 


If in doubt as to whether a building component is not covered or excempted by the Executive Order, please see the Guidelines or contact the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority on GDV@tbst.dk for guidance.

Apply for GDV approval

Last updated 14/11/2019
GDV approval can be applied for building components in contact with drinking water with the purpose of market and sale in Denmark.
Applications are submitted via Virk/Indberet. Applicants may expect to receive an initial review of an application within 4 weeks after submission. Please be aware that applications must be fully documented when submitted to the authority.

NOTE

Please read and follow the guidelines and templates for application of approval described below before submitting an application.

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

 

  • List of versions of the building component covered by the application (template from the guidelines can be used)
  • Photo(s)
  • Drawing(s)
  • Schedule of materials for the components and materials in the building component (template from the guidelines can be used)
  • Inspection agreement or a conditional inspection agreement or a solemn declaration to this effect
  • Any relevant power of attorney to enable others to act on behalf of the applicant
  • Test documentation:
  • For building components made of metal:
  • Test report for lead, cadmium and possible nickel
  • For building components or subcomponents of plastic/elastomers
  • Toxicological assessment of the migration of substances
  • Test programme
  • Any test reports concerning the testing, to the extent relevant
  • Toxicological assessment of the test results
  • A separate document with identification of confidential substances (if necessary)
Application

Application for GDV approval of building components in contact with drinking water (Virk.dk)

Application form for GDV approval if you want to market and sell a construction product in contact with drinking water in Denmark.
Application

Application for renewal of GDV approval

Guidelines for renewal of GDV approvals.
Guidelines
Guidelines for renewal of GDV approvals

These guidelines describes hos to apply for renewal of existing GDV approvals for building components approved for use with drinking water.

Guidelines

Guidelines on health-related documentation for building components that come into contact with drinking water

The purpose of these guidelines is to clarify and present the requirements of the Executive Order.

Application procedure

Last updated 21/11/2019
The application procedure for GDV approval is as follows:

Application procedure

  1. Fill out the application

    The electronic application form is filled out with all requested information and attached with all relevant documentation, including the health-related properties of the building component.
  2. Receipt is received

    An automatic receipt is received by email immediately after pressing "Send". Subsequently, the applicant will receive an email from the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority with information of the application case number.
  3. Submit additional documents

    Any additional documentation regarding an application must be submitted via email: GDV@tbst.dk with reference to the application case number.
  4. The Authority will assess the application

    The Authority will begin to assess the application and evaluate if the documentation submitted is adequate. The applicant will be contacted directly if any documentation is missing in order to proceed.
  5. Request for further information

    If the documentation and information submitted with the application is inconclusive for the Authority to issue a decision of either approval or denial, the applicant will receive a request for further information.
  6. The Authority will finish the processing

    When it is assessed that the documentation and information submitted with the application is adequate, the Authority will finish the processing of the application.
     
  7. The Authority will make final decision

    If the building component meets the requirements of approval, the Authority will forward a letter of commitment of GDV approval with a draft of the approval letter and a draft of the list of versions for the certificate appendix. An electronic invoice of the approval fee is sent shortly after.
  8. GDV certificate will be issued

    When the Authority has registred the payment of the fee, the final GDV approval letter and GDV certificate will be issued. At the same time, the GDV certificate will be published on the website - see the GDV list.

Guidelines

Last updated 13/11/2019
On this page, the different guidelines on building components that come into contact with drinking water are found.
The guidelines are an implementation of the requirements for approval of building components that come into contact with drinking water.  

 

Application guidelines

Before submitting an application it is recommended to read the Application Guidelines and follow the given approach:
Instruction

Application guidelines for the GDV scheme

These guidelines apply to applications for building components in contact with drinking water in the GDV scheme. A GDV approval only concers the health-related properties of the builidng ocmponent and not the physical-mechanical characteristics.

 Detailed explanations and background can be found in the general guidelines:
Guidelines

Guidelines for building components approved for use with drinking water

These guidelines concerns current Danish regulations for marketing and selleing building components in contact with drinking water on the Danish market.

Guidelines

Guidelines on health-related documentation for building components that come into contact with drinking water

The purpose of these guidelines is to clarify and present the requirements of the Executive Order.

The following overview of testing requirements for different types of building components approved for use with drinking water can be used to clarify what the building component have to be tested for:
Guidelines

Overview of testing requirements for different types of building components approved for use with drinking water

Version 1.4

The test method M01 applies to certain water treatment devices for use in building installations in connection with the GDV scheme. Read more about the M01 test method here:
Instruction

Test method for certain water treatment devices M01

This test method is applied for certain water treatment devices (M01) for use in building installations in connection with the approval scheme for building components that come into contact with drinking water.

Guidelines for renewal of existing GDV approvals and the application form to this is found here:
Guidelines

Guidelines for renewal of GDV approvals

These guidelines describes hos to apply for renewal of existing GDV approvals for building components approved for use with drinking water.

The requirements for the inspection agreement

The requirements for the inspection agreement on annual inspection can be found in the Inspection Guidelines. The inspection agreement must be attached in the application form.
Guidelines

Inspection guidelines

The inspection guidelines describe the requirements for performing in-spections for building components that are approved for use with drinking water in the GDV scheme, including inspection of the ap-proval holder’s programme of self-checks.

List of approvals

Last updated 14/11/2019
All valid GDV approvals issued according to the requirements of the Executive Order is published on the approvals list below.
The list includes the three year approvals issued according to Executive Order no. 31 of 21 January 2013 (historic) or Executive Order no. 666 of 20 May 2015 (historic) as well as the five year approvals issued according to Executive Order no. 1007 of 29 June 2016 (current).

It is noted on the certificate which Executive Order the GDV approval is issued according to.

Expired, voluntarily cancelled or revoked GDV approvals do not appear on the list.

It is not legal to market or sell building components in contact with drinking water based on these approval numbers:

01/00001 (cancelled)
01/00021 (cancelled)
02/00001 (expired)
02/00002 (expired)
02/00003 (expired)
02/00004 (expired)
02/00005 (expired)
02/00006 (cancelled)
02/00007 (expired)
02/00010 (cancelled)
03/00001 (expired)
03/00002 (expired)
03/00003 (expired)
03/00004 (expired)
03/00005 (expired)
03/00006 (expired)
03/00008 (expired)
03/00009 (expired)
03/00010 (expired)
03/00011 (expired)
03/00013 (expired)
03/00014 (expired)
03/00016 (expired)
03/00020 (expired)
03/00021 (expired)
03/00023 (expired)
03/00026 (cancelled)
03/00028 (expired)
03/00031 (expired)
03/00033 (expired)
03/00039 (expired)
03/00043 (expired)
03/00045 (cancelled)
03/00047 (cancelled)
03/00049 (expired)
03/00054 (cancelled)
03/00056 (expired)
03/00058 (expired)
03/00069 (cancelled)
03/00075 (cancelled)
03/00093 (cancelled)
03/00103 (cancelled)
03/00123 (cancelled)
03/00124 (cancelled)
03/00138 (cancelled)
04/00001 (expired)
04/00003 (expired)
04/00004 (expired)
04/00005 (expired)
04/00006 (expired)
04/00007 (expired)
04/00008 (expired)
04/00009 (expired)
04/00010 (expired)
04/00011 (expired)
04/00012 (expired)
04/00013 (expired)
04/00014 (expired)
04/00015 (expired)
04/00016 (revoked)
04/00017 (expired)
04/00018 (expired)
04/00019 (cancelled)
04/00020 (cancelled)
04/00021 (cancelled)
04/00022 (cancelled)
04/00023 (revoked)
04/00025 (expired)
04/00028 (cancelled)
04/00030 (cancelled)
04/00032 (cancelled)
04/00033 (cancelled)
04/00035 (cancelled)
04/00036 (expired)
04/00037 (expired)
04/00039 (cancelled)
04/00041 (expired)
04/00042 (expired)
04/00043 (expired)
04/00044 (expired)
04/00046 (expired)
04/00047 (cancelled)
04/00048 (cancelled)
04/00052 (cancelled)
04/00053 (expired)
04/00054 (cancelled)
04/00058 (cancelled)
04/00060 (expired)
04/00063 (cancelled)
04/00064 (cancelled)
04/00065 (cancelled)
04/00066 (cancelled)
04/00067 (cancelled)
04/00068 (cancelled)
04/00069 (cancelled)
04/00070 (cancelled)
04/00071 (expired)
04/00072 (expired)
04/00073 (expired)
04/00074 (expired)
04/00075 (expired)
04/00076 (cancelled)
04/00077 (cancelled)
04/00078 (cancelled)
04/00081 (cancelled)
04/00082 (cancelled)
04/00083 (cancelled)
04/00088 (cancelled)
04/00089 (cancelled)
04/00090 (cancelled)
04/00092 (cancelled)
04/00093 (cancelled)
04/00094 (cancelled)
04/00095 (cancelled)
04/00096 (cancelled)
04/00097 (cancelled)
04/00102 (cancelled)
04/00103 (cancelled)
04/00108 (cancelled)
04/00113 (cancelled)
04/00124 (cancelled)
04/00128 (cancelled)
04/00130 (cancelled)
04/00133 (cancelled)
04/00136 (cancelled)
04/00137 (cancelled)
04/00138 (cancelled)
04/00142 (cancelled)
04/00148 (cancelled)
04/00149 (cancelled)
04/00150 (cancelled)
04/00151 (cancelled)
04/00152 (cancelled)
04/00153 (cancelled)
04/00154 (cancelled)
04/00155 (cancelled)
04/00156 (cancelled)
04/00157 (cancelled)
04/00159 (cancelled)
04/00160 (cancelled)
04/00166 (cancelled)
04/00167 (cancelled)
04/00168 (cancelled)
04/00170 (cancelled)
04/00172 (cancelled)
04/00180 (cancelled)
05/00001 (expired)
05/00002 (expired)
05/00004 (cancelled)
05/00013 (cancelled)
05/00016 (cancelled)
06/00001 (cancelled)

Accredited inspection bodies

Last updated 14/11/2019
On this page, accredited inspection bodies are published.

It is a condition for the approval of a building component that an annual inspection is carried out. This is to ensure that the building component is marketed under the same conditions that formed the basis for the approval. Accordingly, the building component must have the same health-related properties that formed the basis of the approval throughout the entire approval period.

The inspection should take place as an accredited inspection. This means that the supervisory body (inspection body) must be accredited in accordance with DS/EN ISO/IEC 17020 to carry out inspections and must at the same time be accredited to carry out inspections in accordance with the Executive Order no. 1007 of 29 June 2016 on the placement on the market and sale of building components that come into contact with drinking water.

Currently the following inspection bodies are accredited to carry out inspections with building components in contact with drinking water:

  • The Danish Technological Institute
  • KIWA Sverige AB
  • IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH

 

The list will be edited as needed. Please contact GDV@tbst.dk if your inspection body is accredited to conduct inspections according to the GDV scheme.